Maplewood Police and Fire

Essex Cty Prosecutor: Five Injured in Bus Crash in Maplewood

Garbage truck being towed from scene of collision at 4:30 p.m.

Update: Bus driver Larry Wiley, 65, died at 5:48 p.m. at University Hospital in Newark.

A crash involving a NJ Transit bus in Maplewood today resulted in serious injuries to a NJ Transit bus driver and four other people, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. The driver of the bus is undergoing surgery.

The crash occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. and was a head-on collision between the NJ transit bus and a garbage truck. The collision took place outside the NJ Transit bus depot on Springfield Avenue near Chancellor Avenue.

The crash is under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Crash and Fire Investigative Unit and the Maplewood Police Department.

At 4:30 p.m. Maplewood Police were still working to clear the scene and clean the street. Police announced the re-opening of Springfield Avenue at 4:42 p.m.

Read the full press release from the ECPO here:

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Crash and Fire Investigative Unit and the Maplewood Police Department are investigating a crash that resulted serious injuries to a NJ Transit bus driver and four other people.

At approximately 12:45 today there was a head-on collision between a NJ Transit bus and a garbage truck. The collision occurred near 1450 Springfield Avenue. 

The NJ Transit bus driver, who was the sole occupant of the bus, is undergoing surgery.

The driver and passengers of the dump truck were also transported to an area hospital for treatment of serious bodily injuries.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.  

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