Syracuse U. Student From NYC Killed in NJ Highway Bus Crash

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A Syracuse University student heading home to Queens was killed and 21 other people were hurt in a crash involving a bus and several cars on a Garden State highway Thursday night, authorities say.

A source tells News 4 that the crash on the eastbound side of Route 80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills involved a bus belonging to Adirondack Bus Lines and several other vehicles. The bus was headed to New York City, though it’s unclear where it originated. 

Police response to crash on Route 80
Photo credit: Melinda Reyes

Brianna Herrera, 21, died at the scene, state police said. Morristown Medical Center received at least 21 patients from the crash, ranging from fair to critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. By Friday morning, only three remained in the hospital — one of those victims was in critical condition. 

Investigators on scene of the crash on Route 80
Photo credit: News 4 NY

Herrera was a senior at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, heading home to Ozone Park, according to campus newspaper The Newshouse. She was also a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. 

Route 80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills was closed in both directions near exit 43 as emergency crews responded before 8 p.m. Some lanes were reopened about two hours later, allowing traffic to flow in both directions. 

Police response to the crash on Route 80
Photo credit: Melinda Reyes

Cellphone video taken by a passenger in a car crawling past the scene from the opposite side of the highway shows heavy police, fire and paramedic presence. 

A view of the scene from an overpass above Route 80
Photo credit: News 4 NY

Authorities continue to investigate the deadly crash. 

Traffic was at a standstill at one point as emergency responders swarmed the scene
Photo credit: News 4 NY

Brian Thompson contributed to this report. 

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