One Injured In Ocean County School Bus Crash

Photo courtesy Manchester Police

  MANCHESTER – Police said there were no students on board a school bus that collided with a car on the morning of February 21.

  Around 8 a.m., Talia Cotto, 18, of Manchester was making a left turn in her 2010 Dodge Caliber from Beacon Street onto Commonwealth Boulevard, police said. As her car entered the intersection, it was struck by the school bus which was travelling west on Commonwealth.

  The driver of the school bus, Caroline Tompkins, 28, from Manchester, sustained minor injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Photo courtesy Manchester Police

  Cotto was determined to be at fault in the crash and was issued a motor vehicle summons for careless driving. Both vehicles sustained heavy damage and were towed from the scene by Priced Rite towing.

  According to a post made on the school district Twitter page, all bus routes continued to operate as scheduled.

  This accident is still being investigated by Patrolman Anthony Iliadis of the Patrol Division. Also assisting at the scene were EMTs and Career Firefighters from the Manchester Division of Emergency Services along with members of the Ridgeway and Manchester Volunteer Fire Departments.

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