A head-on two-vehicle crash in Essex County saw three people lose their lives and two more suffer injuries Wednesday night.
Essex County prosecutors told NBC New York a Toyota 4-Runner was traveling south on South Grove Street in East Orange when it crashed head-on into a Nissan Maxima. The impact shot the two cars towards an occupied NJ Transit bus, but authorities say that bus was able to stop in time to avoid being hit.
The driver of the Nissan and two passengers, all male, were killed in the accident, NBC New York reported. Two female passengers in the Toyota were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The nature of the injuries was not disclosed. Several passengers on the bus were checked out by medical personal at the scene. Those minor injuries occurred when the bus had to make a sudden stop to avoid the spinning vehicles.
At the time of the NBD New York report it was not clear what caused the crash or if anyone was at fault. No charges have been filed. The investigation is being led by the prosecutor’s office’s vehicular homicide unit.
The identities of the victims are being withheld until family members are notified, according to NJ.com.
East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor III, who took office at the beginning of the year, told NJ.com said he’s directed the local police to crack down on speeding in the city.
“I am confident that our police department and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will conduct a thorough investigation into what caused the accident,” the mayor told NJ.com.