Two dead, 17 injured after bus overturns on NJ Turnpike – Connect FM | Local news radio

(NEW YORK) – Two people have died and 17 others are injured after a bus overturns on New Jersey’s turnpike, state police say.

The fatal crash took place around 6:53 p.m. Tuesday on the southbound tollway just before the Grover Cleveland service area, when a double-decker bus overturned and came to a stop on the ramp. access to the service area, New Jersey State Police Sgt. Lawrence Peele told reporters Tuesday night. Fourteen passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the driver and two passengers were seriously injured and four passengers suffered no injuries, police said.

During the collision, the bus hit a Ford F-150 pickup truck, Peele said. No one in the truck was injured.

Police have identified Cheryl Johnson, 59, and Cecilia Kiyanitza, 66, as the two people killed in the crash.

The crashed bus is a Megabus. The company told ABC News New York station WABC that there were 19 passengers and a driver on board from New York to Philadelphia. He did not provide additional details.

State police are still investigating the crash, but a preliminary investigation found the bus driver, a 56-year-old man, lost control of the bus and rammed the Ford.

The ramp near the crash has reopened, NJ State Police told ABC News.

The service area is located in Woodbridge, approximately 22 miles outside of New York.

ABC News’ Teddy Grant contributed to this report.

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