A 2003 Coach USA Suburban bus ran off the road and hit a tree in a yard on Princeton-Kingston Road (Route 27) between Roper Road and Poe Road just after 7 a.m. today.
The bus was heading north on Route 27 near Carnegie Drive when it approached the rear of a 2002 Subaru wagon that was stopped facing north to turn left into a private driveway. The bus swerved right and struck the Subaru’s right rear bumper with its left front end. The bus continued to veer right and struck a roadside tree head-on.
The impact caused extensive front end damage to the bus. The bus driver, Derek Roberts, 53, of South Bound Brook, had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, with assistance by the Princeton Fire Department. Roberts was transported to the University Medical Center at Plainsboro with non-life threatening injuries. The bus was towed from the scene by Stewart’s Towing of Belle Mead.
There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash. The bus was heading to New York from Princeton.
A nurse who was driving along Route 27 stopped to check on the bus driver, assist him and comfort him before emergency workers arrived, neighbors said.
People who live in the neighborhood say the stretch of Route 27 is dangerous because there is a slight curve in the road. Some residents say the speed limit of 45 miles an hour should be reduced. A landscaper drove a truck off the road a few months ago and the truck went through the same fence, neighbors say.