PRINCETON: Jeep driver injured in crash with school bus that snarled traffic on Route 206

Submitted by New Jersey School Bus Accident Lawyer, Jeffrey Hark.

The driver of a Jeep Liberty was injured when his vehicle struck the front end of a Princeton Public Schools bus on Stockton Street/Route 206, near Lovers Lane, shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Princeton Police Department.

Charles Chernosky, 77, of Princeton, suffered a head injury and was taken to the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, police said. There were no other injuries. The school bus was carrying 17 children and a student aide — Anna Osorio, 45, of Princeton — when the accident occurred.

The school bus, driven by Cynthia Clausen, 59, of Princeton, was stopped on Stockton Street and waiting to make a left turn onto Lovers Lane when the Jeep crossed the center line and struck the bus’s left front end, police said.

A Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which was traveling in front of the school bus, was sideswiped by the Jeep Liberty, police said. Its driver, 60-year-old Ulises Chacon of Trenton, was not injured in the accident.

A second Princeton Public Schools bus arrived at the scene and took the children home.

Stockton Street, between Lovers Lane and Elm Road, was down to one lane during the investigation. The road was re-opened at 4:40 p.m.

The school bus and the Jeep Liberty both sustained extensive front-end damage, and they were towed from the scene. The minivan sustained minor scrapes along the left side, and was driven from the scene, police said.

The accident is under investigation. No summonses have been issued at this time. 

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Jeffrey Hark is a New Jersey Civil and Criminal Lawyer.

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