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21 Children Hurt in Chain-Reaction Crash Involving 5 School Buses in Medford Lakes, New Jersey

First responders say 21 children, 2 bus drivers and 1 staff member suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

Nearly two dozen children suffered minor injuries following a chain-reaction crash involving five school buses in Medford Lakes, New Jersey.

Officials say five buses rear-ended each other on Tuckerton Road and Lenape Trail Monday around 4 p.m. The buses were dropping off children who attended the JCC Medford Day Camp.

First responders say 21 children, two bus drivers and one staff member suffered injuries in the crash, though none were life-threatening. They were taken to Virtua Voorhees and Virtua Mount Holly hospitals for treatment. The other 67 campers and 10 staff members were taken back to the JCC Camp on additional buses and reunited with their families.

"He was definitely crying and upset about it," Stephanie Riviello said about her 6-year-old son who called her after the wreck.

The buses involved in the crash are owned and operated by the Safety Bus Company based in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The company had no comment Monday night.

The Medford Township Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the incident.

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