Bloomfield Township – Several Students Hurt after School Bus Crash
A several students and an aide were hospitalized after the school bus they were on was involved in a crash in Bloomfield early Thursday morning, October 24.
Witnesses at the scene told authorities that the accident happened at around 8:45 a.m. as a school bus from the Bloomfield Board of Education entered the intersection of Broad Street and Overlook Terrace. Preliminary investigations done by the Bloomfield Department of Public Safety discovered that the bus was rear-ended by a vehicle.
Police who responded at the scene said that nine students, an aide, and the bus driver were in the bus when the crash happened. Emergency responders arrived at the scene after and examined all the people involved in the accident. Multiple students reported neck, back, and head pain. The bus driver’s aide also complained of back pain. The aide and three students – all between the ages of 11 and 12 – were transported to Mountainside Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
First and foremost, we are thankful that no one was seriously injured in the crash. We hope the students and the aide that were injured recover well from the injuries they sustained from the accident. A lot of the accidents which involve school buses usually happen because of a negligent driver. That is why several laws were passed in New Jersey to make the road safer for school buses and the children that ride them.
New Jersey law states that on a two-lane highway, or other road not divided by some type of physical barrier, a car must stop at least 25 feet from a stopped school bus with flashing red lights whether or not the car is traveling in the same direction as the bus. Drivers must also stop at least 25 feet from a stopped school bus with flashing red lights if they are on a divided highway and on the same side of the highway as the school bus and must stopped until all students are safely on the bus or on the side of the highway, and until the bus’s flashing red lights have been turned off. These laws help make the road safer for everyone, so we urge the drivers to observe and follow them.
If someone you care about was killed or severely injured in an accident, there may be a lot going through your head. The NJ injury attorneys of Brach Eichler Trial Lawyers have helped people like you fight for justice. We will discuss all of your legal options with you, free of charge. Call (973) 364-8300 to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.
Note: This blog reports on the types of cases our firm has extensive experience handling. It is painful to learn of the prevalence of these serious accidents, and it is our sincere hope that future catastrophes can be avoided. Our blog posts are written from scouring recent news stories. As more information is revealed, these stories may be updated. If the information in this blog article is outdated or false, please let us know so we can add updates or corrections.
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