Dozens injured in bus collision on I-80

One bus fell down a 50 foot embankment
August 22, 2008 3:02:45 PM PDT
Two buses collided, flipping one, on Interstate 80 in Roxbury -- injuring dozens of passengers. Eyewitness News is told the buses crashed on the westbound highway, near Berkshire Valley Road in Morris County. State police say one of the buses, an Atlantic Express bus operated by Paradise Tours overturned off the highway and down a 50 foot embankment. It was on its way from Chinatown to Niagara Falls.

The second bus was operated by Hummingbird Tours. It was part of a two-bus caravan.

Robert Hackett, the emergency manager in Roxbury Township has informed Eyewitness News that fire crews and emergency did set up a triage along the road near the scene. At least 94 people were on the two buses.

A total of 24 people were transported to local hospitals, but police say as many as half of them were taken as a precaution. Police say the most serious injury appears to be a moderate back injury.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Officials had closed the westbound Interstate 80 for the state police investigation. At noon traffic was backed for eight miles.

More information on the Injured

Eyewitness News is told 13 of the injured have taken to St. Clare's Hospital -- about 4 miles from the scene. While 11 of the injured are reportedly being treated and released.

The bus driver is the reportedly the most seriously injured -- he suffered back injuries. The buses collided and his bus fell over the embankment. The rest of the approximately 40 people on that bus had less serious injuries.

Also, some of the injured were transferred to Morristown Hospital. While about 20 other injured were taken to to facilities in Denville and Dover.

Eyewitness News is told most of the injuries appear to be non-life threatening.

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