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Six Dead, 47 Injured When Bus Bursts into Flames in New Jersey

July 27, 1992

VERNON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) _ A chartered bus heading for an amusement park Sunday slammed into a car and burst into flames, killing six people and injuring 47 others, authorities said.

The bus apparently lost brake power on a two-lane road, said police Capt. George Dolak. The bus hit the car, then overturned, crashed into another car and went up in flames, he said.

Many of the injured were children and people in their 20s, hospital officials said. At least eight were injured critically, including the bus driver.

Five people were dead at the scene, and another died later. Four were adults and two were children, police said. The injured were taken to at least seven hospitals in New Jersey and New York.

Some of the injured told hospital officials they had come from the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Police couldn’t immediately confirm that or where the bus or the two cars were headed.

One of the injured told staff members at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Warwick, N.Y., that the bus was going to Action Park in Vernon, said hospital spokeswoman Nina Lewis. The hospital didn’t know the nature of the group.

Emergency workers treated injured along the road for several hours after the crash about 11 a.m. near this Sussex County community 42 miles northwest of New York City.

An eight-mile stretch of Route 515 was closed after the accident so crews could clear wreckage.

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