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Route 35 Crash in Middleton Sends School Bus Driver to Hospital

By kcora on
Middletown Township

An early morning crash on Route 35 sent the driver of a school bus to the hospital after the vehicle hit a parked tractor trailer, police said.

Middletown police responded to a motor vehicle crash on Highway 35 just south of New Monmouth Road at approximately 6:39 a.m.

Police say a Helfrich bus, being driven by Beverly Cerbone, 65, of Port Monmouth, was travelling south bound on Highway 35 when she struck a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the road.

Cerbone, the only person on the bus, was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the driver of the tractor trailer was not inside his vehicle at the time of the crash and left the scene on foot prior to police arrival.

Video footage of the driver was obtained from a local store. Police have identified the driver and are working with the trucking company to locate him.

The Middletown Police are requesting anyone who may have witnessed the accident contact the Traffic Bureau at 732-615-2045.

The investigation is being led by Corporal Darrin Simon.