Dozens of passengers on a school bus who were on their way home from a picnic had a brush with death Saturday when a crash overturned them onto the New Jersey Turnpike.
Cops sid the late afternoon incident in East Brunswick was the result of a collision with another vehicle that authorities initially said sped away from the scene, per CBS New York.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka walked back the hit-and-run assessment, saying it remained early in a continuing investigation.
Miraculously, there were no serious injuries or fatalities. However, the crash was grim reminder of another New Jersey school bus crash that left a young student and beloved middle school teacher dead.
Thirty-six adults and children were taken to a hospital in Edison to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
“Obviously people are shaken up, you had children involved,” Baraka said after traveling to the hospital Saturday night. “People are concerned about the well-being of their children, they want to go home and not be at a hospital all night."
Multiple lanes of the busy New Jersey Turnpike were closed for about an hour while authorities cleared the roadway.