BRIDGEWATER, NJ – A Hillsborough motorist with life-threatening injuries was transported by helicopter to a hospital following a motor vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Washington Valley Road involving an unloaded school bus and two passenger vehicles, according to police
The Hillsborough man, identified by police as Harry Olaya, was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital by the New Jersey State Police Northstar Medevac helicopter.
Township Police responded to the intersection of Washington Valley Road and Blossom Drive at 2:59 p.m. Thursday in response to the incident.
Police said a 2015 Honda Accord, driven by Adelaide Pereira of Basking Ridge, was driving north on Blossom Drive and attempting to turn right onto Washington Valley Road and struck a full size school bus – owned by First Student and being driven by Douglas Ferriday of Bedminster – as it drove east on Washington Valley Road through the intersection.
The impact between the school bus and Honda, police said, redirected the bus into the westbound lane of Washington Valley Road, right into the driver's side of Olava’s 2012 Ford Flex.
Pereira was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick and Ferriday was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, both with non-life threatening injuries.
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team was called in to assist with the investigation.
The Martinsville Fire Department and Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department responded to the scene to extricate two of the drivers from their vehicles.