08/03/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ – A commercial box truck slammed into a bus stop on Route 17 Tuesday, August 3, 2010, resulting in a rush-hour traffic jam and two injured people, as reported by NorthJersey.com.
According to reports, Jose L. Vences, 36, of South Fallsberg, New York, was the driver of the southbound truck on Route 17. Just before 7 a.m. Vences failed to maneuver a bend near Hollywood Avenue and crashed into two pedestrians waiting at the bus stop.
The pedestrians, a 54-year-old woman and 49-year-old man, were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with serious injuries.
The woman underwent surgery to partially amputate her leg, according to Delaney. The man suffered serious injuries to his lower extremities. According to Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Martin Delaney, the victims were expected to recover.
While the investigation is still preliminary, Delaney reported the truck may have experienced some sort of mechanical failure. He explained that the driver, “was going a normal speed and there is no indication of reckless driving.”
Traffic was at a standstill for miles during the morning rush hour as authorities conducted their investigation. A portion of southbound Route 17 was shut down, including the Hollywood Avenue entrance ramp.
Address: Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey
Phone: (561) 865-6021