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Route 9W bus, truck collision in Tenafly looked worse than it was

Photo Credit: Courtesy News 12 New Jersey
Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey
Photo Credit: Courtesy News 12 New Jersey

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: No serious injuries were reported after a private nursing home bus with an 82-year-old passenger veered off 9W and crashed into the back of a disabled rental truck parked on the shoulder in Tenafly this afternoon.

The female passenger was sitting in back, “fortunately on the other side of the bus,” when the northbound crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. about 300 yards north of East Clinton Avenue, Capt Michael deMoncada told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

PHOTO: News12 New Jersey

The woman, who is from Yorba Linda, CA, and the 59-year-old driver from the Brox sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, he said.

The Ryder truck’s driver, a 57-year-old Edgewater man, was in the cab when the crash occurred but wasn’t injured, deMoncada said.

“The truck was drivable to just off East Clinton Avenue,” the captain said.

There, he said, the truck’s cargo of bottled soda was off-loaded to another truck.

However, he said, “the chaffeur bus is totaled…. Anyone passing by must have thought things were much worse for those on board.”

The impact of the crash on the bus’s right side nearly split the cab from the cabin.

Northbound traffic on Route 9w (Sylvan Avenue) was diverted westbound down East Clinton Avenue for about 2½ hours. as police continued their investigation.

NJDOT was assisting with the detour, deMoncada said. The roadway was re-opened just before 5:30.

Responding agencies also included Englewood Cliffs and Palisades Interstate Parkway Police, the captain said.

“At this time, there are no charges for either driver,” he said just after 6 p.m.

PHOTOS: Courtesy News 12 New Jersey

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