Princeton ? A car collided with a school bus Tuesday that made the school bus to flip on its side and injure three passengers inside. Police has charged the operator for careless driving and failure to stay on the right side.
The driver, identified as Justin Thomas, age 26 and resident of Morris Plains, was traveling north along Rte. 206 and was just passing Hutchinson Drive when his BMW crossed the double yellow line while negotiating a curve and collided on the left front bumper of a school bus that was going south.
Police said that the impact caused the bus to flip onto its right side while the BMW started to spin. The investigators are trying to find out if speed played a factor in the accident.
Aside from the driver, Thomas; there were two other passengers on the bus: a 16-year-old student and a teacher’s aide. They were all transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The school bus crash Rte. 206 in Princeton last Tuesday afternoon caused four injuries, including a 16-year-old student; although none of the injuries is considered life-threatening.
Sgt. Steve Riccitello said that it was a little before 3:00 oclock in the afternoon Justin Thomas, age 26, resident of Morris Plains, was behind the wheel of his 2011 BMW 328; driving northward along Rte. 206 near Hutchinson Drive when he struck the left front bumper of a bus owned by the Rick Bus Co. that was going southbound.
The impact was great that the bus flipped onto its right side and the BMW was spinning around.
Three people inside the bus were identified as a 16-year-old student, the driver, Veronica McKinney, age 44, resident of Trenton, and a teacher’s aide, identified as Geneva Smith, age 71; were all delivered to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. At least, they were all alert and conscious when paramedics arrived.
The student is studying in Rock Brook School that is a private school for the disabled in Montgomery.
Thomas was able to walk after the accident and brought to Trentons Capital Health Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.
Riccitello said that they have to close Rte. 206 for hours as they continue investigating the crash. All lanes were road reopened to traffic after 5:45 oclock that afternoon.
Investigation of the case is assigned to the Serious Collision Response Team of Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Princeton police. So far, they have not issued and charges.
The accident happened when the BMW of Thomas crossed the double yellow line while negotiating a curve and struck the left front bumper of a bus traveling south.
The police are trying to discover the cause of the accident and considered that speed might be one of the factors.
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Sources: NJ Com