ATLANTIC CITY — Thirteen people were injured, three critically, in an accident Friday that ended with a car trapped between an NJ Transit bus and an SUV.

The crash happened at Virginia and Arctic avenues at about 2:45 p.m., police Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.

The southbound bus was stopped on Arctic Avenue unloading a passenger in a wheelchair when the crash occurred, McMenamin said.

The crash occurred when a Dodge Intrepid traveling east on Arctic Avenue collided with a Ford Excursion traveling south on Virginia Avenue, police said.

The three passengers in the Intrepid were extricated by Atlantic City Fire Department personnel, McMenamin said. They were conscious at the time, but were hospitalized in critical condition.

Eight bus passengers were also hospitalized, as were the two passengers of the Excursion. Four bus passengers were examined at the scene but not hospitalized.

All patients were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's City Campus, McMenamin said.

Atlantic City resident Colby Sharp saw the accident occur. He said the Intrepid sustained the most serious damage.

“I saw the one (in the Intrepid) with the face bloodied up,” Sharp said.

Mutual aide from Brigantine, Pleasantville and Atlantic County emergency medical services were also on the scene.

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