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N.J. Bus Crash Kills 2, Hurts Dozens

June 4, 2001

DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) _ A bus carrying senior citizens to an Atlantic City casino and two other vehicles collided on a major highway Monday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

The bus skidded to a stop off the right shoulder of New Jersey Route 42 but remained upright. A car involved in the collision was split in half, its front end lying in front of the bus and its rear half resting in the highway median.

Both of those killed were riding in the car, said State Police spokesman John Hagerty.

At least 45 people required hospital treatment.

The accident happened at midmorning about 10 miles southeast of Philadelphia. Route 42 is a major artery that connects Philadelphia and the Atlantic City Expressway.

The bus was carrying a group of senior citizens from St. Elizabeth’s Church in Fullerton, Pa., near Allentown, to Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, reported KYW-AM of Philadelphia.

WPVI-TV of Philadelphia quoted an unidentified bus passenger as saying it appeared as if another vehicle cut off the bus, which swerved to the right, colliding with a pickup truck and pushing it off the side of the road.

Two people were in critical condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden and three others were being evaluated, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Thirty-six were taken to Underwood Hospital in Woodbury, said spokesman Richard Bellamente. Four people were treated by Kennedy Memorial Hospitals and released, a spokeswoman said.

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