Watch NJ Transit bus blow through red light before deadly Newark crash
NEWARK — Newly published video of August's fatal bus crash in Newark shows one of the buses running a light that had been red for more than 30 seconds before slamming into the side of another bus.
The video shows the No. 59 bus traveling in the right lane of Raymond Boulevard passing a car stopped in the left lane and T-boning the No. 13 bus as it cross the intersection on Broad Street. The video, published by NJ.com Friday, shows that the light had been red for 34 seconds before the bus approached.
The video appears to be a new conversion of one released by NJ Transit to media, including New Jersey 101.5, last month. Versions published by most media at the time didn't clearly show the red light — or how long it had been red.
Mayor Ras Baraka had reportedly said at the time it appeared the driver ran the red light, but authorities have not elaborated on that statement since.
The crash took place at dawn around 6 a.m.
The driver of the No. 59 bus, Joseph Barthelus, was killed in the crash as was passenger Jesy Garcia, 49, on the No. 13 bus. Seventeen people were injured in the crash.
NJ Transit had no comment on the newly published video.
The crash remains under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
The bus crash, combined with the crash of an NJ Transit train at Hoboken Terminal prompted Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto to file legislation allowing the Assembly to investigate NJ Transit's safety and financial practices. \