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One Dead, Two Critical, Dozens Injured In Route 80 Tour Bus Crash In Parsippany

One dead and dozens injured in Route 80 tour bus crash
One dead and dozens injured in Route 80 tour bus crash Photo Credit: Brian Fitzpatrick

A 21-year-old woman was killed, two were considered critical and more than 30 others sustained various injuries, responders said, in a Parsippany tour bus crash Thursday on Route 80 that reminded some of a similar incident involving a Paramus school bus last year.

The crash involving three cars and an Adirondack Trails bus occurred on the eastbound side near milepost 44.8 at approximately 7:30 p.m., New Jersey State Police said.

The victim of the crash was identified as Brianna Herrara , a Syracuse University student who was on the bus, on her way to visit family in New York City.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management said of the 36 people injured:

  • Four were seriously injured -- they were transported to Morristown Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center by ambulance
  • Seventeen were transported by the Morris County Office of Emergency Management’s mobile ambulance bus
  • Five were transported to Saint Clare's in Dover
  • Ten were transported from Route 80 to the Parsippany District 5 firehouse for evaluation

"A bus almost a half mile down the highway with the front end smashed up," said Brian Fitzpatrick, who drove through the scene. "People [were] being taken out through the front windows."

NJSP

All lanes were open as of Friday morning.

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