Several Injured In Manchester School Bus Collision

A school bus was involved in a two-vehicle crash that occurred on South Colonial Drive this past week in front of the Manchester Township High School. 

From Manchester police:

A 2004 Dodge Neon operated by a 17-year-old Manchester resident was traveling east on Friday out of the high school driveway entrance, attempting to make a left onto South Colonial Drive. The Neon collided with a 2002 Bluebird school bus operated by James I. Kovacs, 77, of Whiting. 

The impact occurred as the Neon entered South Colonial Drive in the path of the school bus. After initial impact, the Neon rotated counterclockwise approximately 90 degrees before coming to rest on the northbound berm portion of the roadway. The school bus stopped in the roadway, in a southward direction. 

Mr. Kovacs was traveling alone on south on South Colonial Drive and was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. The juvenile driver of the Neon was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital for a head injury and face lacerations. The juvenile was traveling with two siblings, both also age 17. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and both front airbags deployed. 

The juvenile passengers of the Neon were both transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River for minor injuries to legs and lower extremities. Mr. Kovacs was not injured in the collision.     

Assisting at the scene were Manchester First Aid, Quality First Aid,  Manchester Fire Department, Manchester OEM (Art Abline) and MOMOC Paramedics.  The crash is under investigation by Ptl. Douglas Higgins of the Manchester Traffic Safety Section.


Karen E Hurley March 10, 2014 at 06:43 PM
77 or 27 the man had no chance to stop. And yes i know this for a fact.. I witnessed it!!!
Michele Vassil Hartman March 10, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Almost 18 and thats why they are called accidents not on purposes and maybe the bus had there blinke4 on to turn into the school anyone think of that?
Debbie S. March 10, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Raise the driving age and the drinking age.
lindajoyce18 March 11, 2014 at 09:40 AM
The young man needs more and effective driver education and practice. And experience.
Sharon H March 11, 2014 at 09:46 AM
School buses never travel fast. I'm sure there was plenty of time to react. It seems more like the car pulled out in front of the bus without looking both ways. Of course we won't know at this point, and I hope the young man will be OK. Perhaps there are security cameras that might have picked up the accident. Sad either way, but with the drivers at 77 and 17, I honestly don't think age had anything to do with it. I saw a fatal accident last year where a car pulled out in front of a pickup, leaving the truck's driver no time to react. It happens.


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