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NYC Woman Dead, 21 Hurt in New Jersey Highway Crash Involving Bus: Police

The woman who died had been identified as a Syracuse University senior on her way home to Queens

What to Know

  • One person was killed and at least 21 others were hurt in a crash involving a bus and several cars on Route 80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
  • It's not clear what caused the crash; the Adirondack Bus Lines bus was headed to NYC, a source says
  • The highway was closed for hours

A Syracuse University student heading home to Queens was killed and 21 other people were hurt in a crash involving a bus and several cars on a Garden State highway Thursday night, authorities say.

A source tells News 4 that the crash near exit 43 on the eastbound side of Route 80 in Parsippany-Troy Hills involved a bus belonging to Adirondack Bus Lines and several other vehicles. The bus was headed to New York City, though it's unclear where it originated. 

New Jersey State Police say one person is died and at least 20 others were hurt in a crash involving a bus and several cars. Ray Villeda and Michael George report.

Brianna Herrera, 21, died at the scene, state police said. Morristown Medical Center received at least 21 patients from the crash, ranging from fair to critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. By Friday morning, only three remained in the hospital -- one of those victims was in critical condition. 

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Investigators on scene of the crash on Route 80

Herrera was a senior at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, heading home to Ozone Park, according to campus newspaper The Newshouse. She was also a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. 

More than 1,000 mourners gathered at a vigil on the Syracuse University campus Friday night to remember Herrera.

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Police response to the crash on Route 80
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A view of the scene from an overpass above Route 80
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Traffic was at a standstill at one point as emergency responders swarmed the scene

Brian Thompson contributed to this report. 

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