For Second Time In 3 Days, Fatal Bus Crash On I-95 Near NYC

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Two people are dead and five are in critical condition after yet another fatal bus crash in the Tri-State area. The latest collision was on I-95 in New Jersey just three days after another bus collision killed 15 people on I-95 in the Bronx.

Around 9:00 p.m. Monday, just south of Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike, the white Super Luxury Tours bus ended up in a ditch on the right side of the southbound turnpike, after having hit a guard rail and concrete barrier on the left side -- three lanes across the highway, according to state police.

They say that 41 people were on board at the time of the crash, which sent the driver through the front windshield, killing him. Police have identified him as 50 year-old Wei Wang, a Taiwanese national who lives in Forest Hills, Queens. One of his passengers also died after arriving at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He has been identified as Troy Nguyen, 20, of Royserford, PA.

He expired at the same hospital where five other passengers were in surgery overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, in critical condition. Two of those patients were identified by police as Louis Pierre, 50, of Philadelphia and David Choi, 70, of Landsdale, PA. At least 17 other passengers had to be treated at Robert Wood Johnson and other nearby hospitals for a variety of non-life-threatening injuries.

PIX 11 spoke with a woman who said she is a friend of one of them. The woman who only gave her name as Zhou said that her friend, Shou-yin, was expected to be released Tuesday, but not after spending at least 10 hours in the hospital being treated for her wounds.

The bus is owned by Super Luxury Tours of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It was on its way from Chinatown in Manhattan, to Philadelphia, where it was scheduled to make a stop before moving on to Washington, D.C.

This latest fatal bus crash comes three days after another multiple-fatal bus accident in the New York metro area. Last Saturday,15 passengers died when a motor coach headed to Chinatown from Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut crashed into an exit sign in the Bronx, near the Westchester County line.

The driver of that coach, Ophadel E. Williams, 41, survived and is being questioned by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the NYPD.

Following Monday night's New Jersey Turnpike crash, investigators are gathering information from surviving passengers. Officers have impounded the bus and are inspecting it closely.

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