BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- One driver was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries following a motor vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on Washington Valley Road involving an unloaded school bus and two passenger vehicles, according to a report from Bridgewater Township Police
According to the report, Bridgewater Township Police responded to the intersection of Washington Valley Road and Blossom Drive at 2:59 p.m. Thursday to investigate the motor vehicle crash.
Police found that 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. Pereira hit 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 a 2012 Ford Flex, driven by Harry Olaya, of Hillsborough.
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. Olaya was taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital via NJSP Northstar Medivac helicopter with life threatening injuries.
The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Team responded to the scene 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.
The Somerville and Green Knoll rescue squads responded, along with Robert Wood Johnson Rescue and Paramedic Units.
The crash is still under investigation by the Bridgewater Township Police Department's Traffic Safety Bureau.
Anyone with information on the accident is asked to contact the Bridgewater Police Traffic Safety Bureau at 908-722-4111, ext. 4132, or the Bridgewater TIPS line at 877-660-INFO.