Driver killed, 5 hurt when car crashes head-on into NJ Transit bus in Newark: officials

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NEWARK, NJ — A woman is dead after her car crashed head-on into an NJ Transit bus in Newark early Tuesday morning, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Officials said it happened around 6 a.m. when a Chevy Impala traveling west on Hawthorne Avenue crossed the double yellow lines and hit the RT 27 bus head on, right in front of the Hawthorne Avenue Elementary School.

The bus originated in Irvington and was heading to Bloomfield, NJ Transit said.

The driver of the car, 33-year-old Paige Graham, of Newark, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene just after 6 a.m., authorities said.

The bus driver and four passengers were taken to an area hospital with minor, non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Car and NJ Transit bus collide in Newark
AIR11 over the scene after a crash involving a car and an NJ Transit bus in Newark, New Jersey on Aug. 17, 2021. (AIR11/PIX11 News)

The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office’s Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force is leading an ongoing investigation with the assistance of the Newark Police Department.

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