The Latest: 1 person dead, 7 'critical' crash of 2 buses

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Posted: Aug 19, 2016 8:53 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the collision of two commuter buses in Newark, New Jersey (all times local):

8:45 a.m.

One person is dead and seven people are in critical condition after a commuter bus broadsided another in New Jersey's largest city.

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. Friday in Newark when a New Jersey Transit bus with only the driver aboard was heading west on Raymond Boulevard and slammed into a 13 Line bus, which was heading north on Broad Street. There were about 20 people on the 13 bus.

The driver of the 59 Line bus died. The driver's name has not been released.

The exact number of injured is not known, but Mayor Ras Baraka says seven people are in critical condition.

The buses are a mangled mess. The bus that was struck is on its side, its frame bent and the other bus lodged in its undercarriage.

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This story has been corrected to show the 59 Line bus was headed west and the 13 Line bus was headed north.

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8 a.m.

One person is dead after two commuter buses collided in Newark, New Jersey's largest city.

The victim is the driver of the New Jersey Transit bus that slammed into another NJ Transit bus at Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street on Friday.

NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says the crash occurred around 6 a.m. when the 59 Line bus was headed north on Broad Street struck the 13 Line bus, which was carrying about 20 passengers.

Emergency crews are removing the injured from the bus. The extent of the injuries is not known.

The driver was the only person on the 59 Line bus.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the crash.

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7:45 a.m.

Emergency crews are removing people on stretchers from a commuter bus that was struck by another in Newark, New Jersey.

Video from the scene shows a New Jersey Transit bus slammed into the side of another NJ Transit bus on Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street Friday.

One of the buses is on its side and that's where emergency crews have been treating the injured.

The number of injured and the extent of their injuries are not known.

A NJ Transit spokeswoman could not immediately comment.

The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is handling the investigation.

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7:30 a.m.

Two commuter buses have collided in Newark, New Jersey's largest city.

Video from the scene shows a New Jersey Transit bus slammed into the side of another NJ Transit bus on Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street. One of the buses is on its side.

Emergency crews are on the scene removing people on stretchers from the bus that is on its side. The number of injured people and the extent of their injuries are not known.

A NJ Transit spokeswoman says officials are gathering information about what happened and could not immediately comment.

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6:30 a.m.

Two commuter buses have collided in New Jersey's largest city.

Video from the scene shows a New Jersey Transit bus slammed into the side of another NJ Transit bus on Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street in Newark. One of the buses is on its side.

There is no word on injuries.