A bus accident involving two New Jersey Transit buses claimed the lives of a passenger and a bus driver. The crash occurred at the busy intersection of Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street in Newark shortly after 6:05 a.m. on Friday, August 19. NJ Transit officials said that the No. 59 bus, which travels from Newark to Westfield, was headed in the western direction on Raymond Boulevard when it hit a No. 13 bus that was going in the northern direction on Broad Street. One of the buses was nearly broken in half in the collision.
Jesy García, a 49-year-old Newark woman, was a passenger on the bus that was t-boned. She was immediately taken to University Hospital in Newark, where she died several hours later. The grandmother of three, who was on her way to work at the time of the crash, has been described by a friend as hardworking.
Joseph Barthelus, a 70-year-old Newark man, also lost his life in the bus collision. He had driven NJ Transit buses for 27 years and was driving the No. 59 bus, which had no passengers, when the crash took place.
The other bus, which was carrying 17 passengers, was driven by James Roberts, who suffered neck, back, and shoulder injuries in the crash. He was just recently released from the hospital.
Several passengers were ensnared in twisted metal seats covered with glass particles, while the impact of the collision caused the occupied bus to tip over at a 30-degree angle as it stopped at a median. Some passengers were trapped inside the bus and had to be rescued. Firefighters pulled passengers through a side window and placed them on stretchers and into ambulances. A total of 17 people were injured, many of whom are still in the hospital. The cause of the accident is under investigation by Newark law enforcement.
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