One day after a commuter ferry crashed in Manhattan, another Wall Street-bound commuter vehicle crashed and left its passengers injured in New Jersey.
A commuter bus crashed into a mini school bus Thursday morning, injuring 17 people and leaving two critically hurt, reports The New York Daily News.
The school bus was carrying no passengers at the time of the collision. It was on its way to pick up kids at a nearby apartment complex when it was hit by the Academy Bus.
The Academy Bus was on its way from Tom's River to Manhattan when it crashed. A 42-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman are reported to be in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. Fifteen others were taken to other hospitals and have been listed in stable condition.
At this stage, there isn't much information on the cause of the crash. Academy buses have video cameras on board, and investigators are taking a look at the footage to see if there is any reason to believe that the driver could be at fault.
Like yesterday's ferry crash, the passengers on the Academy Bus were riding a private method of transport. As a result, lawsuits for damages sustained in the bus crash will be brought against a private entity, namely Academy Bus LLC.
The ferry crash victims find themselves in a similar situation, as the ferry was operated by Seastreak LLC.
Given that both crashes are still under investigation, most lawsuits likely won't be brought for weeks as details on fault are required to make a strong case.
If the drivers are deemed at fault, the companies involved could find themselves shelling out cash to pay settlements to these victims before the case goes to trial.
In any event, both companies will have to look at their safety procedures and policies going forward.
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