1 dead, 19 injured in bus accident in Newark

Andrew Cummings
August 30, 2016

Authorities say one New Jersey Transit bus carrying only the driver slammed into another at about 6am on Friday in Newark.

Jesy Garcia, 49, of Newark, had been taken to University Hospital after the collision where she was pronounced dead hours after, according to police. It was not known which bus the driver was in. "Not much we could do 'cause the people were smushed in between the seats, and the windows and the poles and stuff of the bus".

The buses collided on Raymond Boulevard near Broad Street shortly after 6 a.m. Friday. He had worked for NJ Transit for 27 years, the agency said. About 17 of the 20 passengers on board were injured, Snyder said.

The accident left victims on the Newark sidewalk and on the street, News4 NY reported. "Our organization is in mourning today". One person was listed in critical condition, while another was in serious condition.

Jennifer Petrain was opening up a Starbucks about 100 yards from where the accident occurred.

"It's devastating", she said. The employees got clean rags, the store's first-aid kit, and water. "These people need help and we're going to do whatever we need to do to help them".

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka did not offer many details about the incident.

"We have to make sure we clean up what's happening down here and we have to clear the street and make sure business goes on as usual", Baraka said. The surveillance programme was discontinued in 2014.

Newark officials claimed the red light cameras reduced accidents.

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