Icy conditions across New Jersey caused dozens of accidents last week. One of the most serious accidents involved an SUV that lost control and drove into an oncoming bus. The driver of the SUV was killed and many others were injured. Roads throughout the state were shut down to prevent similar wrecks.
The deadly accident took place on Friday, January 10th, at about 7am. A New Jersey Transit bus was driving the 403 Route towards Philadelphia. As it was driving along W Branch Avenue in Pine Hill, near the intersection of Cross Road, it collided with an out-of-control SUV.
The SUV, a GMC Envoy, was heading towards the bus when it spun out and crossed into the bus’s lane. The driver of the Envoy, 29-year-old Roxana Ortega of Lindenwold, was killed in the crash. Her passenger was seriously injured and taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment.
Many people on the bus were injured. At least 17 of the 21 passengers on the bus were brought to Kennedy Hospital in Stratford for treatment. All of the bus passengers are expected to survive. The bus driver was reportedly not harmed in the accident.
While authorities believe the icy conditions may be responsible for both the SUV losing control and the bus not stopping quickly, an investigation is currently underway. No charges have been filed.
“Drivers should always take extra precautions in icy conditions,” warns New Jersey car accident lawyer Steven Benvenisti. “In cases where the roads are totally iced over, even maintaining a reasonable distance between cars may not make drivers safe. In these conditions, drivers should stay home unless there is an emergency.”
Steven Benvenisti is a New Jersey personal injury lawyer certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney. As a partner at the law firm of Davis, Saperstein, & Salomon, P.C., he has represented many victims who were injured in car accidents. “In cases where the accident was caused by weather, New Jersey victims and their families can still recover compensation because of New Jersey’s no-fault insurance program,” says Steven Benvenisti.
Steven Benvenisti, the author of this article, is also certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, a distinction held by less than 3% of all of New Jersey lawyers.