Victim in fatal NJ bus crash identified as 21-year-old Queens woman

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — A 21-year-old woman was identified Friday as the person killed in Thursday night's bus crash on Route 80 near Parsippany.

Brianna Herrera of Ozone Park, was a passenger on the Prevost bus that crashed with three other cars around 7:30 p.m., according to NJ State Police.

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.

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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