Motor vehicle accidents: Crash involving New Jersey bus kills 1

One person is dead and four others have been injured following a head-on collision involving a transit vehicle in Berlin, according to local sources. New Jersey transit has confirmed the crash involved one of their access link buses and an SUV. As with most motor vehicle accidents, authorities are still trying to determine what caused the crash, and they have not ruled out several potential factors, including recklessness and negligence. 

According to the report, around 5:45 a.m. on Aug. 23, an SUV traveling on Cross Key Road crossed the center line into oncoming traffic. A bus carrying people with disabilities was headed the other direction and was struck head-on by the SUV. The force of the impact totaled both vehicles, and the 28-year-old driver of the SUV had to be extricated from the wreckage. He was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

His two passengers, including a 16-year-old, were both taken to a local hospital for injuries described as non life-threatening. The driver of the bus and the single passenger were also taken in for non life-threatening injuries. Police are still unsure what caused the SUV driver to change lanes, but their investigation is ongoing at this time. 

If it can be proven that the actions of the SUV driver led directly to the crash, the injured parties in both vehicles may have legal recourse available to them. In cases of motor vehicle accidents causing injury, New Jersey law allows the injured parties to file personal injury lawsuits in civil court against the driver or, in this case, the driver's estate. Any evidence police gather that can corroborate the driver's contribution to the crash can be offered to support these civil suits. 

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