23 hurt as bus from Canada overturns on New Jersey exit ramp

Rescue workers stand by after a bus overturned in a ditch at an exit ramp off Interstate 80 in Wayne, N.J., on Saturday. The chartered tour bus was carrying about 60 people from a church.

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Rescue workers stand by after a bus overturned in a ditch at an exit ramp off Interstate 80 in Wayne, N.J., on Saturday. The chartered tour bus was carrying about 60 people from a church.

WAYNE, N.J. — A tour bus from Canada carrying about 60 people to New York City overturned on an exit ramp in northern New Jersey early Saturday, slid down an embankment and landed on its side, injuring 23 people on board, authorities said.

The driver, who suffered a gash in his arm, told state police that he was cut off by another vehicle, though it was not immediately clear whether that caused the crash around 7:30 a.m. on eastbound Interstate 80 in Wayne.

Some windows burst during the crash, and their frames pinned three people, who were quickly freed and taken to hospitals. The bus had been chartered by a church group.

Eight of the injured passengers were admitted in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Further details on their injuries were not disclosed. The rest of the injured, including two young children, were being treated for minor injuries.

State police said none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.

"It was terrifying," Norma Cumberbatch, 66, of Toronto told the Star-Ledger of Newark. Cumberbatch, who was traveling with her 68-year-old sister, Marjorie, said she struggled to free her legs from fallen luggage and other debris before trying to find her sister.

"I just took my leg out and then said, 'Where's my sister? I want my sister.' "

Marjorie Cumberbatch said she heard "thump, thump, thump. Then I looked up and I saw people over me screaming and crying."

Unhurt passengers were put on another bus and continued their journey, authorities said.

23 hurt as bus from Canada overturns on New Jersey exit ramp 10/06/12 [Last modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 9:44pm]

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