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School Bus Crash in Montgomery Township, Children All Safe

By Barbara A. Preston | Posted May 11, 2023

A Montgomery Township school district bus driver was ticketed for careless driving after crashing into a car on Route 518 on Wednesday afternoon. The drivers and the 42 students aboard the bus were not injured.

Montgomery Township School Bus

A Montgomery Township school bus. (File photo).

School bus driver David Rios, 41, of Plainfield, was driving eastbound on Route 518. He attempted to turn left onto Vreeland Drive when he crashed into a 2009 Subaru Forrester driven by Michael Lesniewski, 47, of Pennington.

Lesniewski had been driving west on Route 518, and had the right-of-way according to Montgomery police.

The Montgomery EMS evaluated both drivers and the students for injuries, which were negative, police said. Montgomery Township school district staff members were present to supervise releasing students to their parents at the scene of the accident.

Lesniewski’s vehicle was towed due to the damages sustained.

Rios was ticketed for failure to yield the right of way, and careless driving, and is due to appear in Montgomery Municipal Court.

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Traffic was delayed for approximately 1 hour during Police investigation. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to contact Officer Jason Clifford from the Montgomery Township Police Department’s Traffic Division at 908.359.3222.


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