Police chase ends in crash between van, NJ Transit bus

NEWARK, N.J. — Two armed robbery suspects were taken into custody after a police chase in New Jersey ended when a van crashed into a New Jersey Transit bus early Friday.

Police said two masked thieves were wanted for a series of three armed robberies that took place overnight.

At about 1:30 a.m., Maplewood police began their pursuit with a white van wanted in connection with multiple robberies Maplewood, authorities said.

Newark police and the Essex County Sheriff’s office continued the pursuit when the car entered Newark, according to police.

The driver of the white van, which is registered to the Bethlehem Judah Christian Fellowship, collided with a New Jersey Transit bus on the route going to Newark-Penn Station, said New Jersey Transit officials.

Both vehicles ended up in the United House of Prayer for All church yard near Springfield Avenue and S 17th Street, narrowly missing the building.

Seven bus passengers and the bus driver were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, NJ Transit sources said.

The two suspects were taken into custody.

During the pursuit, a Maplewood police vehicle was also involved in a motor vehicle accident with a civilian vehicle.

There were no serious injuries, and the driver refused treatment.