Four people were injured in a freak accident when a tire flew off a car and smashed through the windshield of a commuter bus in New Jersey.
The incident happened around 7:30 a.m., Monday when a 2009 Lexus heading north on Route 17 near the Ramsey-Upper Saddle River border lost its front, left tire. The tire then bounced over the median and into the southbound lanes where it smashed through the front windshield of a Pine Hill Trailways bus, CBS New York reported. It appears that the tire was still mounted to the rim.
One bus passenger told CBS New York that the tire crashed through the windshield like a cannonball.
Police said a 49-year-old Rosendale, New York man who was sitting behind the bus driver was seriously injured when he was struck in the face by the tire. The man was airlifted in critical condition to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, according to CBS New York. Three other people, including the bus driver, were also injured, but not seriously. All three were treated and released from area hospitals.
The woman driving the car that lost the tire was shaken up, but uninjured, CBS New York reported.
According to police, the bus had about 50 passengers on board. The bus left Kingston, New York, around 6 a.m. and was heading for New York City when the accident occurred. The bus company said the driver is one of its most experienced. One passenger said it was a miracle that the driver was able to pull the bus to the side of the road without hitting another vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing with several police departments and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Fatal Accident Investigation Unit involved.