EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Officials say a school bus taking families home from a picnic crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike, sending dozens of people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says the bus was returning to Newark from his annual Mayor's Family Reunion/Picnic at Black Bear Lake Country Club in Millstone when the accident happened around 5:25 p.m. Saturday in East Brunswick.
Baraka said at a Saturday night news conference that early reports that the accident was caused by a hit and run involving a car were incorrect. He says the accident is under investigation.
UPDATE: Bus crash—Preliminarily, 42 occupants, both adult and children, transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. No reported serious injuries and no fatalities. Troopers and crews working to reopen lanes. No additional info available. #alert— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) August 11, 2018
The mayor said 36 people were injured in the crash, including 17 people under 18 years old. The injured were sent to three hospitals; none sustained life-threatening injuries.
The crash, which caused the bus to overturn, happened in the turnpike's northbound lanes.