2 Minors Injured in School Bus Accident

Incident occurred on Route 24 East.

Update: Article contains information on three injuries including two minors.

Three people were injured after a school bus they were on overturned on Route 24 Monday afternoon. The accident happened on the bridge over River Road in Summit. Emergency responders from Millburn, Summit and the Chathams, along with fire and police personnel responded to the scene. 

It was reported earlier that there were no passengers on the school bus. However, according to Summit Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Locke there were three people injured in the accident, including two minors. He could not discuss the injuries which were reported as minor, but said one of the injuries seemed moderate.

Traffic was backed up in the eastbound lane west of the Summit, Chatham, Millburn exit for a couple of miles around 4 p.m. today.

A total of three ambulances responded to the incident, with two from the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and one from Chatham Emergency Squad, according to John Staunton of the Summit first aid squad.

Summit and Millburn police departments could not provide further information on the incident. 

According to Locke the school bus appeared to have hit a guard rail and spun around at least once where it came to stop in the center lane of Route 24.

Two of the injured were taken to Morristown Medical Center and the other to Overlook Hospital.

The school bus was the only vehicle involved in the accident. Locke did say the bus was coming from a school, but did not know which one.


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Michael Marketta January 03, 2012 at 01:01 AM
i was one of the people that were injured. im happy to read this.
Laura Griffin January 03, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Glad you're OK!! If you want to talk to Patch about it, email Camilo.Smith@patch.com or Laura.Griffin@patch.com.
Patricia Taber January 03, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Michael, I am happy you are able to read this also... I understand you were pretty out of it when you got to the ER. So happy to see you on line! Patti Taber
Jonathan Caserta January 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
I was two cars in front of the school bus when it crashed. The school bus looked like it over corrected its steering and slammed into the guardrail. The bus then flipped over completely and landed on its wheels. I am happy to hear that the people in the bus only sustained minor injuries.


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