BRANCHBURG, NJ – The crash of a tour bus has prompted Raritan Valley Community College to cancel its Saturday, Dec. 14 performance of A Christmas Carol.
The show was to be performed by Nebraska Theatre Caravan.
The bus overturned late Tuesday night on Route 95 in Burnham, Maine, according to Maine State Police. The group was headed to Orono, Maine from Schenectady, N.Y. for a Christmas concert last night, police said.
State troopers said the driver of the bus fell asleep and the bus drifted off the right side of the road, overturned on its passenger side and came to rest down an embankment. The crash happened around 11:30 p.m. and was up-righted by two wreckers a few hours later, police said.
The driver was Charles Barry, 65, of Omaha. He was charged with failing to maintain control of the bus, which is owned by Arrow Stage Line of Omaha.
Four people suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, police said. The remaining 34 passengers were taken by a school bus to a nearby Waterville motel.
The injured passengers were three women and one man - all in their 20s and 30s. In a statement, Nebraska Theatre Caravan said it would cancel the remaining dates in the show’s tour.
The RVCC Theatre box office will process refunds for all ticket holders. For additional information, call 908-725-3420, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.