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Car driver ticketed in crash with NJ Transit bus that hurt 13 in Newark

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NEWARK, N.J. — Thirteen people were hurt, none of them seriously, in a crash involving a New Jersey Transit bus and a car operated by an unlicensed driver Monday, authorities said.

A Newark Penn Station-bound No. 34 bus, originating from Montclair, was traveling east on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Market Street when it was struck at about 5 a.m. by a car heading west, a NJ Transit spokesperson said.

Eleven of the 29 passengers suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the state-owned agency. They were taken to hospitals. NJ Transit said two people in the car were hurt.

Police ticketed the 19-year-old driver of the car for careless driving, failure to have a license and other charges. The owner of the car also was ticketed for allowing the vehicle to be operated by an unlicensed driver.

The crash comes following multiple serious crashes involving state-owned transit buses and a train.

Last month a speeding NJ Transit train slammed into Hoboken Terminal, killing a mother, injuring more than 100 and causing severe damage to the station. Also in September, two NJ Transit buses collided inside the Lincoln Tunnel, hurting almost 50 people.

In August, an NJ Transit bus T-boned another, killing a grandmother and a bus driver.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.