A bus accident on Dec. 19 forced the east lanes of Route 3 to close, along with two of the west lanes. Officials say that 10 of the bus passengers were injured, and traffic was delayed on both sides of the road.
Police say that the DeCamp Bus Lines of Montclair commuter bus was traveling in the right lane of Route 3 East at around 2:30 p.m. when a van allegedly cut the bus off around Passaic Avenue while trying to exit the road. The driver overcompensated to avoid hitting the van, which sent the bus into a spin. Then, the New York-bound bus crashed into the concrete median. The front of the bus was dangling over the westbound side of the barrier, so it was hard for police and paramedics to get to the passengers.
One investigator noted that the bus accident was not the driver’s fault, and the crash is still being investigated. He also noted that the bus was not stable and resting on the concrete barrier. There were 26 people on the bus when the accident happened, and 10 of the passengers were transported to hospitals in the area with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the bus was not injured, nor was the driver of the van.
It took a heavy-duty tow truck to remove the bus from the median. Then, after being closed for about two hours, the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 3 were reopened. This caused up to 55-minute delays in the westbound lanes, there were also delays reported on other highways nearby.
People who are injured in bus or car accidents may be able to secure compensation for their injuries. Compensation could recover medical expenses, loss of earnings or emotional damages that are related to the accidents and injuries.
Source: NJ.com, “Bus crash shuts down Route 3 East, closes two westbound lanes in Clifton“, Mike Frassinelli, December 19, 2013