OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (January 10, 2013)---A New York-bound commuter bus hit a mini school bus from behind Thursday in a crash that injured at least 17, two critically, police in Old Bridge, N.J., said.
Police Capt. Arthur Carullo said the two most severely injured victims of Thursday morning's accident were both on the commuter bus and included the driver, whose legs were pinned.
No students were in the school bus, which landed on its side.
The police captain said the driver and an aide on that bus were able to escape on their own through a roof hatch.
Both buses were northbound.
The accident evidently occurred on the shoulder of the highway, which becomes a bus lane during rush hour.
Television footage showed the commuter bus slammed into a tree, with a large branch protruding from the roof on the passenger side of the front end.
The rear of the bus was pinned against a utility pole.
The school bus landed on a fenced-off generator for an apartment complex.