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Three Teens Hurt in Manchester Car-School Bus Crash

Three Manchester 17-year-olds are recovering from injuries they sustained when their car collided with a school bus in Manchester Friday.

Crash near Manchester Township High School (Manchester PD)
Crash near Manchester Township High School (Manchester PD)

Police say the driver was rushed to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune with face lacerations and a head injury. His passengers were treated at Community Medical Center in Toms River for minor leg and lower-extremity injuries.

According to information from Manchester PD Captain Lisa Parker, the teens were leaving the Manchester Township High School lot at 1:55 PM. The 2004 Dodge Neon turned left onto South Colonial Drive, into the bus’s path, police said.

The bus stopped in the roadway while the Neon ricocheted off it, spinning about 90 degrees before stopping on a berm section of the road’s northbound side, police said. All three wore seatbelts and both front airbags deployed, police said.

The bus driver, James Kovacs, 77, of Whiting, was alone in the vehicle and strapped into his seat, police said, and claimed no injuries.

Manchester and Quality First Aiders tended the victims along with members of the Manchester Fire Department, Art Abline of the township’s Emergency Management team, and MONOC paramedics.

Township Traffic Safety Officer Douglas Higgins is investigating the circumstances.

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