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UPDATE: Robert Wood Johnson Takes In Kids from Route 18 Bus Crash

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - More information has come to light on the two-bus crash yesterday that sent 15 children, including one who was treated for a broken leg, to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Helicopters flew over Route 18 in East Brunswick yesterday morning as police and firefighters responded to the collision, which occurred on the southbound side of the highway, near Eggers Street.

According the East Brunswick Police Department, a New Jersey Transit commuter bus, operated by Antonio Casado, 54, of Elizabeth, stopped to pick up passengers at 8:52 a.m. at a nearby bus stop. The preliminary investigation showed that a Kensington Company school bus, operated by Yinny Perez, 45, of Perth Amboy, struck the rear of the NJ Transit bus.

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Four NJ Transit passengers were treated for minor injuries and complaints of back, leg and neck pain. 

A child passenger on the Kensington bus was treated for a broken femur at Robert Wood Johnson. Sixteen people from that bus, including the driver, were evaluated and discharged by the hospital.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital paramedics, the East Brunswick Rescue Squad and Atlantic Ambulance responded to the scene. East Brunswick Fire District 2 provided on-scene support.

Neither driver was injured in the collision.

The crash is currently under investigation by the East Brunswick Police Department Special Operations Division. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact Ptl. Anthony DeSantis at (732) 390-6969.

Jack Murtha of TAPinto New Brunswick contributed reporting to this story.

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