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Drunk driving suspected in bus crash that hurts several people

Several people were injured when a car collided with a New Jersey Transit bus in Newark on May 1. The crash happened shortly before 2 a.m.

According to police, a dark red Cadillac was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran a stop light and smashed into the side of a No. 34 New Jersey Transit bus, which travels between Newark and Bloomfield, near the intersection of Central Avenue and South Eighth Street. A passenger in the Cadillac suffered critical injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Newark. Several bus passengers were treated for various injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening.

The Cadillac driver allegedly fled the scene on foot but was apprehended several blocks away. He also suffered critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Authorities said he has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The collision remains under investigation.

Those who are injured in a car accident caused by a person who was driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol may benefit by consulting with an attorney. A personal injury lawsuit may be filed against such a driver regardless of whether any criminal charges have been issued. By using police reports, blood alcohol content tests, witness accounts and other crash scene evidence, it may be possible for a lawyer to show that the drunk driver should be held financially responsible for a victim's injuries. Damages that are often sought in this type of an action can include the costs of required medical care and treatment as well as compensation for wages lost while the victim is recovering.

Source: WABC, "Several injured after NJ transit bus, car collide in Newark," May 1, 2015

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