MAPLEWOOD, NJ - One fatality has been reported in the bus crash Tuesday afternoon on Springfield Avenue that also injured four other people, according to an updated press release from the Essex County Prosecutor's office.
The driver of the bus, identified as Larry Wiley, age 65, was transported to University Hospital in Newark where he was pronounced dead at 5:48 p.m., according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas S. Fennelly of the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit. Wiley was the only occupant of the bus when the accident occurred.
The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy at the NJ Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office, according to the press release.
The accident occurred when the NJ Transit bus driven by Wiley and a garbage truck had a head-on collision around 12:45 p.m., near 1450 Springfield Ave., which is directly in front of the NJ Transit garage.
The driver and three other passengers in the garbage truck were also transported to University Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the press release.
This incident is being investigated by the Prosecutor's Crash and Fire Investigative Unit and the Maplewood Police Department, and the cause of the crash is under investigation, stated the release.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Prosecutor's Tips Line at (877) 847-7432.