NEWARK, N.J. — When two Starbucks employees saw the aftermath of a deadly New Jersey Transit bus collision Friday morning in Newark, they immediately ran to the aid of those who were injured.
“This is my city. This is Newark. … This is where we need to be," one employee told PIX11. "These people need help and we’re going to do whatever we need to do to help them.”
One New Jersey Transit bus appeared to T-bone another, causing the second bus to flip and apparently partially split in half around 6 a.m. at the intersection of Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street.
The driver of one of the buses was killed, and multiple people were injured, with one witness saying she saw 20 to 30 people being treated.
Employees at a Starbucks near the scene were going about their typical morning routine when one said she heard the crash and another spotted saw people frantically running outside the store's windows.
“We have to go now. They need help,” one employee tells PIX11 she said to her fellow employees.
The employees then brought the crash victims water, clean rags and the store's first-aid kit.
“Just trying to help and make sure not only the injured have water, but the fire department and police officers have cool, fresh water.”
The victims' injuries appeared "horrific," and included head wounds and various gashes, the employees said.
“I think they were in shock more than anything,” an employee said of those injured.
Another employee, named Jennifer, said she immediately thought of her own harrowing incident, when she was struck by a vehicle the day after Hurricane Sandy.
“So I kind of know what that fight or flight situation feels like. … I just put myself where I was on that day for everybody here," she said.