Did a badly written law contribute to a collision between two buses on a New Jersey road last month? Police investigating the dramatic crash in the video above believe so.

The accident took place in along Route 9 in Old Bridge, New Jersey on Jan. 10. As you'll see in the video, a bus traveling straight in a "Bus Only" lane on the far right side of the road collides with a school bus that turned right out of the "regular" right lane.

Old Bridge police tell ABC-TV that the New Jersey Department of Transportation did such a bad job writing a law that sets the parameters for bus-lane use that more accidents like this are bound to happen.

The potential problems start with the fact the bus lane doubles as the road's shoulder. A sign lets motorists know that it is active as the bus lane between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. But even before the crash, you can see a forgetful driver in a white crossover nearly pull out of a parking lot into the bus's path.

Old Bridge police say the law does not specify which kind of buses can use the lane – school, private or transit only, that it neglects to specify how drivers in the "regular" right lane should treat the solid white line to their right, and that the 55-mph speed limit is much too high.

In this case, the driver of the Academy Bus received a summons for causing the accident, but not the school bus driver who vacated his lane. A spokesperson for the Academy Bus Company says the company will fight the summons.

No children were on the school bus at the time of the crash. Two people in the Academy Bus, including the driver, were injured.



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      • 1 Year Ago
      up to I looked at the paycheck ov $6784, I be certain that my sister was really erning money part-time from there new laptop.. there uncles cousin had bean doing this for only 14 months and by now repayed the loans on there appartment and bought a gorgeous Maserati. go to............ BIT40.ℂOℳ
      cqdeed
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've taken driving tests in six states (not NJ) and in each it was the vehicle doing the turning that was at fault. The vehicle in transition is the one required to ensure he can do it safely.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The public bus driver was following the rules; He was in the "bus lane" during the permitted time period. I say the school bus driver is at fault. 1. He should have been in the "bus lane" or switched lanes into the bus lane before turning 2. He technically cut a lane of traffic to make a turn. 3. Didnt signal or check for clearance. Could have been worse, it could have been a bicycle there, still your supposed to check your blond side before you switch lanes or turn.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd hope to see a little more respect for a school bus than charging hard to overtake on the right
        ycplum
        • 1 Year Ago
        He was not trying to "overtake" on the right. He was on a dedicated bus lane travelling at the speed limit. He was going too fast (but still at the speed limit) to stop when the school bus sgnalled a turn. That is why the article is sayig the laws need to be re-written.
          netecutli
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ycplum
          There is nothing withe law or the signs, drivers were not paying attention.
        • 1 Year Ago
        He didn't charge hard to overtake on the right. It happened immediately in front of him not giving him enough time to brake. He appeared to be sincerely doing his best to maintain control.
      sgentilejr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The school bus driver should have gotten into the right hand (Bus Lane) lane 200 feet BEFORE the corner and turned on their right hand turn signal long before where the school bus driver wanted to turn right.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The school bus driver is at fault for making a right hand turn from the "left lane.
      Iselin007
      • 1 Year Ago
      The high unemployment should be reducing the traffic on the roads. Should the NJ economy rebound you'll see more of these special bus lanes. Rebuilding the infrastructure if they ever get serious about it will cause more traffic accidents as commuters fight for every available road or lane not blocked off. Delays are coming just don't idol too long at nearly $4 a gallon you'll be broke before you get that low wage pay check.
      sarno3
      • 1 Year Ago
      school bus fault driver didnt see other bus
      tdiplaci
      • 1 Year Ago
      The school bus had the responsibility to check the lane before making the right turn. Even if it was not within the time frame where buses would have been allowed in the far right lane, a bus,especially a school bus driver, should have been very careful to make sure nothing was in the far right lane before turning.
      ROBERT W SELF
      • 1 Year Ago
      And people up North think Southerns are dumb.
        defensearms
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROBERT W SELF
        the only smart people in the South come from the North and the dumb N's in the North come from the South
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      Right or wrong, if the school bus had its right turn signal on, the other bus driver should have known this could be a dangerous situation and slowed down.
      quikkillsolution
      • 1 Year Ago
      What I want to know, New Jersey, is: where are the motorcycle lanes, the car lanes the pickup truck lanes, the suv lanes. This is blatant vehicle discrimination.
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