UPDATED: 2nd person dies in New Jersey commuter bus crash

Emergency crews and police officers on the scene of a deadly commuter bus crash in Newark

Emergency crews and police officers on the scene of a deadly commuter bus crash in Newark

Two people are dead and 17 people were injured after a commuter bus broadsided another in New Jersey’s largest city.

UPDATED: 2:35 p.m.

Officials say a second person has died in a collision involving two commuter buses in New Jersey that left 17 others injured.

A spokeswoman for the Essex County prosecutor’s office says the second victim of Friday’s accident in Newark was a female passenger.

The crash occurred around 6 a.m. Friday in Newark when a New Jersey Transit bus with only the driver aboard was heading west on Raymond Boulevard and slammed into a 13 Line bus, which was heading north on Broad Street. There were about 20 people on the 13 bus.

The driver of the 59 Line was killed and 19 people were injured. The driver’s name has not been released.

Authorities are trying to determine whether one of the buses ran a red light. The intersection where the crash occurred was the first in the state to have a surveillance camera to catch drivers running red lights. The surveillance program was discontinued in 2014.

A news conference is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Starbucks employees opening up a store about 100 yards from the crash site at about 6 a.m. Friday and say they heard what sounded like an explosion and ran out to offer help bringing ice water, rags and a first-aid kit. They were the first people on the scene.

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