New video shows NJ Transit bus going wrong way on Parkway
New Jersey 101.5 video
WOODBRIDGE — New video obtained by New Jersey 101.5 shows an NJ Transit bus heading the wrong way on a Garden State Parkway exit ramp.
The video was recorded by a commuter's dashboard camera and shows the bus nearly colliding with traffic leaving the Parkway at Exit 127 in the Keasbey section of this township.
New Jersey 101.5 first reported the incident on Friday and shared a commuter's photo of the bus with NJ Transit.
The agency said it is investigating.
There was no known report of an accident involving the bus in this incident, but it is the latest snafu involving the commuter line.
Last month, one of the agency's buses hit and killed a 59-year-old man crossing the road in Galloway.
In September, a bus rear-ended another bus in the Lincoln Tunnel.
And in August, a driver and a 49-year-old woman were killed and 17 others injured when a bus blew through a red light and got sideswiped by another bus in a Downtown Newark intersection.
NJ Transit's rail system, meanwhile, is facing scrutiny following the deadly Hoboken train crash in September. Investigators say the train engineer had an undiagnosed sleep disorder, which the agency is supposed to screen for. An Associated Press analysis in October found that NJ Transit's trains have the highest accident rates in the country.
The wrong-way bus incident happened just before 6:15 a.m., before sunrise on Thursday. The video shows that while traffic was light, it was also steady.
The dashcam's speedometer shows that vehicles were traveling faster than 30 mph before coming to a halt as the bus seems to appear out of nowhere.
In the video, the bus pulls over to the shoulder of the ramp — at the part where the interchange divides traffic to either Route 440 North or Smith Street in Perth Amboy.
All the lanes are one-way traffic.
It was not clear Saturday how or why the bus went the wrong way. The bus may have traveled at least a third of a mile going the wrong way before it pulled over, judging by maps of the interchange.
NJ Transit spokesman Jim Smith on Friday said the agency is “vigorously investigating this and we encourage our customers that if they see anything they should report it directly to out customer service so that it can be processed for investigation.”
Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-438-1015 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.