PLEASANTVILLE — Two people were killed and several others injured Monday afternoon, when a car collided with a bus on Franklin Boulevard.
Authorities have not released the names or hometowns of the victims, pending family notifications. At least one of the dead was a woman, police said.
The car was heading north on Franklin Boulevard about 2 p.m. when it swerved and struck a NJ Transit bus going the other way, Pleasantville police Sgt. Emory Silipigni said.
The bus driver, whose name was not immediately released, tried to avoid a head-on collision, Silipigni said. The car scraped along the driver's side of the bus and spun around. The bus wound up on the sidewalk.
“We're lucky the bus driver was able to avoid the pole,” Silipigni said of a utility pole the bus ended up in front of.
Two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and three other passengers were taken to the trauma unit at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, Silipigni said. There were about 10 passengers on the bus. The injured were taken to AtlantiCare's Mainland Campus in Galloway Township.
NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. told The Associated Press that the bus driver and two passengers suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
The four-door compact car had severe front-end damage. The car also had damage to the body, but it was unclear how much of that was from rescue efforts.
Blood was taken from the drivers to test for drugs or alcohol, which is standard procedure in fatal crashes.
Members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Collision Unit were on the scene but would not comment.
Several people stood behind police barriers trying to take pictures and video of the scene, but none of them seemed to have seen the crash.
Witnesses are being interviewed, Silipigni said.
Emergency personnel from Pleasantville, Absecon, Northfield, and Galloway and Hamilton townships responded to the crash. Representatives from NJ Transit, including police, were also on the scene.
The medical examiner arrived on the scene about 4 p.m.
NJ Transit's Durso said the 502 Line bus had departed from the Atlantic City bus terminal and was headed to the Hamilton Mall.
The investigation is being conducted by the Pleasantville Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office Fatal Collision Unit.
Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Sgt. Stacey Williams of the Pleasantville Police Department at 609-641-6100 or Detective Joseph Rosiello of the Prosecutor's Office at 609-909-7692.
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