Investigation Underway Following HCST Bus & Toyota Crash in North Bergen

Photo Credit: & CBS TV 2                                                                                                                                                                                               An investigation is underway following a late afternoon crash in North Bergen between a Toyota and a Hudson County Schools of Technology school bus in which no major injuries were reported, but a pole landed on top of the car and the bus hit the front of a home.  The accident took place shortly before 3 o’clock at the intersection of  Paterson Plank Road and Columbia Avenue on the west side of the township.

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari issued the following statement:

“Just prior to 4:00 PM, today Tuesday, November 16, 2021, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a Hudson County Schools of Technology bus involved in a crash on Paterson Plank Road and Columbia Avenue in North Bergen.

When my officers arrived on the scene, they found a white Toyota Camry, driven by Pascual Caba, of New York, NY, spun around under a traffic light pole that had fallen on top of his car.  Additionally, my officers found a Hudson County Schools of Technology bus, driven by Maria Diaz, of North Bergen, lodged into the front of a home on Paterson Plank Road.  In addition to the driver of the bus there was a bus aide and two school children ages 10 and 9.

All individuals involved were evaluated by North Bergen EMS at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, Mr. Caba, was transported to the hospital after suffering head and neck injuries considered to be non life threatening.  All other persons involved refused medical attention.

At this time the Hudson County Sheriff’s Crash Unit is working on determining the cause of this incident.

Additionally, I would like to thank the quick response of my officers, North Bergen EMS, and Hudson County Signal Division to care for everyone involved and make the roadway safe.”