Authorities investigating school bus crash in North Bergen

No children on the bus were injured, but another driver was taken to the hospital


A Hudson County Schools of Technology bus crashed in North Bergen on Nov. 16, according to Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari. Just prior to 4 p.m. , the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a bus involved in a crash on Paterson Plank Road and Columbia Avenue in North Bergen.

When officers arrived on the scene, they found a white Toyota Camry, driven by Pascual Caba of New York, spun around under a traffic light pole that had fallen on top of his car, according to Schillari.

Additionally, officers found a Hudson County Schools of Technology bus, driven by Maria Diaz of North Bergen, lodged into the front of a home on Paterson Plank Road, Schillari said. In addition to the driver of the bus there was a bus aide and two school children ages 9 and 10.

All individuals involved were evaluated by North Bergen EMS at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, Caba, was transported to the hospital after suffering head and neck injuries considered to be non-life threatening. According to Schillari, all other persons involved refused medical attention.

At this time the Hudson County Sheriff’s Crash Unit is working on determining the cause of the incident.

“I would like to thank the quick response of my officers, North Bergen EMS, and Hudson County Signal Division to care for everyone involved and make the roadway safe,” Schillari said.

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