Washington Township, NJ – Driver Killed in Crash with Bus on Fries Mill RdNY/NJ Legal News
Washington Township, NJ (June 20, 2023) – A driver was killed on Tuesday morning, June 20, in Washington Township after she was involved in a traffic collision with an NJ transit bus in Gloucester County.
Officials went to the scene at approximately 5:00 a.m. near the intersection of Fries Mill Road and Hurffville Cross Keys Road in Washington Township. Initial investigations showed that the woman was driving a 2005 Lexus headed west on Hurffville Cross Keys Road, authorities said.
As the woman and the bus both entered the intersection, the bus heading south on Fries Mills Road, they were involved in a crash. The woman was transported to Jefferson Hospital, where she later lost her life.
Authorities have not identified the female driver at this time. The intersection was closed for approximately three hours on Tuesday while emergency crews worked at the scene.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Nothing else has been reported concerning the incident.
Bus Accidents in New Jersey
Commercial buses were involved in approximately 5% of all large vehicle accidents nationwide from 2005 to 2006. About 14% of all large vehicle collisions in New York involved buses that same year. A study conducted concerning bus accidents for that same time period showed that a total of 40 buses were involved in 39 collisions that caused severe injuries and fatalities.
Research also revealed that, in approximately 50% of those wrecks, the bus company or driver shared some portion of responsibility for the accidents. The most common reasons listed for bus accidents usually include:
- Driving at unsafe speeds
- Illegal lane changes or turns
- Distracted driving
- Failing to remain on the roadway during lane changes
- Defective brakes
Public carriers like bus drivers have a professional duty to adhere to the utmost standard of care when operating their vehicles. Bus companies have the responsibility of maintaining their vehicles in proper working condition in order to guarantee the total safety of their passengers at all times.
Following a severe bus accident, victims may be hospitalized for prolonged periods of time while they attempt to recover from their accident-related injuries. The physical, economic, and emotional consequences of any traffic accident are usually cumulative. Injured crash victims and their family members should not need to fight in order to recover from their injuries.
Those who sustain injuries in bus crashes usually require ongoing medical care that can last for months or longer. These treatments can be extensive and expensive and take up a lot of time, money, and energy. Contact an experienced bus accident attorney in New York at (800) 469-6476 to find out what compensation you could be entitled to if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a commercial bus accident.