SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Police released a few more details about Thursday morning’s bus crash on Route 130 that injured seven people, two seriously.
Capt. Jim Ryan said that a Suburban Transit Coach bus, driven by Jamal L. Penten, 30, of Lakewood did not stop for two rows of nine cars at a traffic light at the intersection of Route 130 south and Friendship Road at 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
The bus plowed through the stopped cars, sending some off the right hand side of the road and others into the grass median between the north and southbound lanes or Route 130, Capt. Ryan said.
The Monmouth Junction Fire Department used its Jaws of Life to cut two drivers out of their vehicles.
Those drivers, identified as a 61-year-old Princeton woman with pelvis and rib fractures and a 35-year-old Brick man with a fractured back, were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in serious condition.
Emergency crews also took a 42-year-old Dayton man to that hospital with a head laceration, where he was subsequently treated and released, Capt. Ryan said.
Four other drivers were taken to other area hospitals for lesser injuries, and two drivers refused medical attention at the scene, Capt. Ryan said.
In addition to the Monmouth Junction Fire Department, South Brunswick and Monroe EMS as well as Cranbury First Aid responded to the scene.
Police and crews worked for two hours to re-open both lanes of the road during the morning rush hour, police said.
The investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, and anyone with information on the crash is asked to call Officer Jesse Blake at (732) 329-4000, extension 7474.
Dispatchers working for Suburban Transit referred questions to a Bergen County telephone number that remained busy all day.
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