1 dead, 21 injured in NJ crash involving bus

PARSIPPANY, NJ — One person is dead, and several others are injured following a crash on Route 80 Thursday night near Parsippany.

The Parsippany Police Department described it as a "serious motor vehicle crash." State police officials said a commercial bus and three cars were involved.

A nearby hospital received 21 patients ranging from fair to critical condition, according to a hospital spokesperson. Three patients remain at the hospital for their injuries; two in serious condition and one in critical.

Route 80 express lanes were closed in both directions because of the crash investigation, Department of Transportation officials said.

Eastbound local lanes were also briefly closed east of Exit 43, but opened back up just before 9 p.m., officials said.

All lanes have since reopened.

New Jersey State Police is leading the crash investigation, but the government shutdown may impede the probe as most federal workers for the National Transportation Safety Board have not been on the job for over a month.

An agency spokeswoman said they're missing prevention opportunities nationwide, warning important evidence after an accident may be lost.

PIX11 reached out to the bus company for comment.

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