MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Five people were seriously injured when a NJ Transit bus and a garbage truck had a head-on collision around 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a press release from Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino of the Essex County Prosecutor's office.

The accident occurred near 1450 Springfield Ave., which is directly in front of the NJ Transit garage. 

The NJ Transit bus driver, who was the only occupant of the bus, suffered serious injuries and is undergoing surgery, according to the press release.

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The driver and three others in the garbage truck  were transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious bodily injuries, stated the release from Laurino. 

Two men were in the cab of the garbage truck, and two were on the truck's back platform, according to Acting Maplewood Police Chief Jimmy DeVaul, who was at the scene of the accident. Also at the scene was Acting Maplewood Police Captain Albert Sally, Maplewood police officers, and Irvington police officers.

Springfield Avenue was closed from Chancellor Avenue to Becker Terrace following the crash, and re-opened around 4:45 p.m., according to an update from the Maplewood Police Department.

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Crash and Fire Investigative Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating the crash.