Motor vehicle accidents: Bus overturns in New Jersey

Rainy weather is being considered a potential contributing factor to a serious crash that saw a passenger bus overturn, according to local sources. The bus reportedly crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike, sending over a dozen people to local hospitals. As with most motor vehicle accidents, this one is still being investigated by authorities, and so far, the driver of the bus is not facing criminal charges.

According to the accident report, the bus was returning from a picnic late on the afternoon of Aug. 11 when the accident occurred. Around 5:25 p.m., the bus was headed northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike when the bus somehow overturned onto its side, coming to rest straddling the barrier between the truck and car lanes in the northbound lanes. The bus was carrying multiple families, totalling 42 people. Of those, 36 were taken to local hospitals, including 19 adults and 17 children under the age of 18.

Several people have since been discharged from local hospitals. Twelve people remain in stable condition under care at one hospital, and a further 19 are being cared for at a second medical facility. Thankfully, none of the injuries were considered life-threatening. The current condition of the driver, who has not been identified publicly at this time, is not known.

Motor vehicle accidents causing injury can result in both criminal charges for the driver and possible civil suits filed by the injured victims. In this case, New Jersey authorities have not determined whether the accident was the fault of the driver, so criminal charges has not been filed, but the families on board are entitled under state law to file personal injury suits against the driver and possibly the company that owns the bus. While criminal charges are not necessary to win in civil court, any evidence implicating the driver in the crash can be used to support civil claims.

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