One person killed in rollover of bus chartered by Brandeis University, school says
A man has been killed after a bus he was driving rolled in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, a Brandeis University spokesman says.
Norman Johnson, 67, of East Orange, N.J., was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. His bus, a 2014 GMC Sonoma, collided with another car on the eastbound side of the turnpike around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” Brandeis University said in a statement. “It is our understanding that Norman Johnson, on his way home from work, was operating his bus at the time of the collision. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones and thank everyone for their prayers today. We are committed to supporting family and friends throughout this difficult time.”
A state police spokesman said the crash was reported by a Brandeis University employee about an hour before its location. At the time, the turnpike was under its normal operating conditions, the spokesman said.
Johnson’s bus was carrying students and two faculty members for a six-mile trip from New Brunswick to Newark.
Johnson had been driving northbound on the turnpike when two cars pulled out in front of his bus at the eastbound lanes, authorities said. The collision knocked out a pillar and injured an eastbound lane driver and knocked out power to the bus, authorities said.
“While his family is dealing with this very difficult time, we need to recognize that we need to do everything in our power to provide for their needs in the way they need to get back on their feet now,” the Brandeis statement said. “We will be there for them and we will continue to make life-changing progress on our mission and we hope their loved ones will consider our commitment to the University and Brandeis to get