MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Five people were seriously injured when a NJ Transit bus and a garbage truck collided head-on 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, as did four other people, according to the press release.

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The driver and three others in the garbage truck were also transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious bodily injuries, stated the release from Laurino. The crash is being investigated by NJ Transit and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Maplewood Acting Chief of Police Jimmy DeVaul and several Maplewood police officers were on scene as were Irvington Police officers.

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