[Update below. Video and photos below.] A bus of frum Lakewood, NJ, residents overturned on the Garden State Parkway in Monmouth County this morning, injuring several passengers.
State Police say the accident happened at about 5:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes just south of Exit 114 in Middletown Township.
The passengers were traveling on the chartered Darkeinu bus to Lakewood after attending a wedding in Shikun Skver (New Square), New York.
Approximately thirty-five passengers were on board, but police say about six people sustained minor injuries.
The bus turned over several times before coming to a rest on the side of the highway.
Matzav.com was told that Hatzolah members were at the scene to treat the injured and transport those who required further medical attention.
The Darkeinu Bus Company, based in Lakewood, owns and operates buses that travel each day between Boro Park, Brooklyn, and Lakewood.
A replacement bus was sent by Darkeinu to take the stranded passengers to Lakewood.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The wedding from which the bus was returning was that of Pinchos Mordechai Twerski, a son of Rav Yitzchok Twerski, who is a son of the Skverer Rebbe. The chosson‘s mother is a daughter of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak. The kallah is a daughter of Rav Boruch Benzion Twersky, rov of Bais Aharon Farshai and son of Rav Chaim Twersky, rov of Chernobyl.
Update, 10:31 a.m. EST:
Mordechai Schwartz of Darkeinu says that the driver had ample sleep and was fully awake at the time of the accident.
Also, we are told that there were twenty-seven passengers aboard the bus, not thirty or thirty-five as reported earlier in the media.
Click below to watch a video report:
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