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Dozens Injured and One Dead in a Parsippany Tour Bus Crash

Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 1:23 pm    

Tour Bus Crash in Parisppany

Photo via NorthJersey.com

A Parsippany tour bus crashed on Route 80 last Thursday, injuring dozen people and killing one woman. Two were in left critical condition.

The New Jersey State Police said that the accident happened at around 7:30 PM on the eastbound side near milepost 44.8 involving an Adirondack Trails bus and three cars.

Gone Too Soon – Victim Identified as Student of Syracuse University

Brianna Herrara was identified as the victim who died in the crash. The 21-year-old was a senior studying information management and technology at Syracuse University and was aboard the bus to visit family in New York City.

A photo of Herrara was posted by her sorority Sigma Delta Tau on their Instagram page with the caption, “We have no words to describe the tragedy that occurred last night that took the life of one of our beloved sisters. Brianna was a senior in our chapter and loved by so many. The sisters of Sigma Delta Tau will remember her infectious smile and positive light forever.”

Thirty-Six People Were Injured in the Crash

A total of 36 people were injured in the accident as per report from the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.

  • Four people sustained severe injuries and were taken to Morristown Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center via ambulance.
  • The Morris County Office of Emergency Management’s ambulance transported seventeen people and another five were taken to Saint Clare’s in Dover.
  • Ten were taken Parsippany District 5 firehouse for assessment.

One witness who drove through the scene described the bus as “almost a half mile down the highway with the front end smashed up.”

Paramus School Bus Accident

The incident reminded some of the same accident that happened in May last year. A fifth grader and a teacher from a middle school in Paramus were killed in a crash between a school bus and dump truck on Route 80.

There were 38 students aboard the school bus and seven adults including the driver. Forty-three were injured and taken to hospitals, while several of the victims were in critical conditions.

An Increasing Fatality for Bus Incidents

The fatalities in Parsippany and Paramus are just two of the incidents included in the alarming  statistics of bus accidents in the United States.

A report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2016  stated that buses and large trucks were involved most in fatal crashes.  Even the number of large trucks and buses in fatal crashes has increased by 29 percent from its low of 3,432 in 2009, the 2016 number is still 15 percent lower than the 21st-century peak of 5,231 in 2005.

The number of injury crashes involving large trucks or buses decreased steadily from 102,000 in 2002 to 60,000 in 2009.  In 2016, there were an estimated 119,000 injury crashes, based on NHTSA.

Accident Factors

The FMCSA also provided a report narrowing common factors of bus and large vehicle fatalities.

  • Not wearing a safety belt
  • Speeding of any kind
  • Distracted driver/not paying attention to the road
  • Impairment such as illness, fatigue, and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bus Accident Injury Lawyers

Since 1983, Williams Kherkher helped clients obtain justice for their loved ones who have been injured in an accident. Our personal injury lawyers handle cases such as bus/car accidents, workplace-related injuries and wrongful death. Call us today at (888) 220-0640 for a free consultation.

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