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17-002
Release Date: January 04, 2017

 
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N.J. Transit Bus Fire:  On January 3, 2017 at 7:59 p.m., the Pequannock Twp. Police Department received a call advising us there was a N.J. Transit bus travelling south on Route 23 that was on fire.  Ptl. Daniel Caffrey and Ptl. Kevin Boone were in the vicinity and were able to quickly locate the bus.  Both officers were able to signal the driver to stop in the right lane of the highway just prior to the Alexander Avenue intersection.  The officers boarded the bus and advised the driver that the vehicle was on fire.  The driver was conscious behind the wheel but was not responsive to any of the officer’s questions or commands.  The officers quickly checked the bus for passengers and found none were present.  As the officers were attempting to communicate with the driver, the bus rolled forward and struck one of the police vehicles.  Officers then assisted the driver off the bus and to safety.  Pequannock Twp. Police were assisted with traffic by Riverdale and Wayne Police Departments as the southbound side of the highway was closed for approximately two hours.  Pequannock Twp.  Fire Companies #1 and #2 and the Pequannock Twp. First Aid Squad also assisted at the scene.  The bus driver, Anselmo Ruiz, 54 years old from Paterson, eventually advised officers that he was recently diagnosed with diabetes and he had not eaten all day.  The driver was transported to Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains.  The N.J. Transit bus involved was a 2002 Motor Coach Industries bus and was removed from the scene by N.J. Transit.  The Pequannock Twp. Police Traffic Bureau did not issue any summonses but has submitted the bus driver’s information to the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission for a medical review of his commercial license.
 
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Capt. Christopher DePuyt                       
Operations & Public Information Officer  

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