Transit buses collide in New Jersey, driver killed

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Broad Street & Raymond Blvd in Newark is closed due to bus accident.

A hardworking city woman headed to her job at a factory early Friday was the passenger killed in the NJ Transit bus collision that also claimed the life of one driver, injured 17 others and snarled traffic for hours, family and friends said Saturday.

The driver of one of the buses was killed, the Newark Police Department told ABC's NY affiliate WABC.

Video footage showed at least one bus on its side and the top of it partially split.

Rescue workers used ladders to get passengers out of the bus, carefully lifting stretchers thorough broken windows.

Baraka said it appears that one of the bus drivers ran a red light, but stressed that the investigation remains ongoing.

"We're praying for all of those in the hospital", Baraka said at a news conference.

The incident happened at the intersection of Raymond Boulevard and North Broad Street just after 6 a.m. Friday in downtown Newark, reports said. She says they were the first people on the scene.

The intersection where the crash occurred was the first in the state, in 2009, to feature a surveillance camera created to catch people running red lights. "It was bad. We saw people with head injuries, leg injuries".

An official with the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency is not investigating the crash.

Six passengers remained in the hospital late Friday afternoon, one in critical condition the rest in serious condition, prosecutors said.

Investigators have said they are examining the bus and area cameras and interviewing witnesses and passengers. Cory Booker, who was mayor at the time, conducted a demonstration in which he purposely rode through a red light.

The Essex County Prosecutors Office is still trying to determine what caused the crash, which sounded like an explosion to nearby shopkeepers.