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Bus rear-ends another bus inside Lincoln Tunnel; 18 injured, including one pregnant woman

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Lincoln Tunnel crash

WEEHAWKEN, N.J.  — Police say one bus has rear-ended another bus in the Lincoln Tunnel injuring at least 18 people.

Joe Pentangelo with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police says the crash happened at around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the center tube on the New York City side of the tunnel. Traffic is being diverted to the south tube.

A pregnant woman is on board one of the buses that crashed, a Port Authority officer at the scene told PIX11 News. A PIX11 photographer inside the tunnel reporting seeing and smelling smoke in the tube.

An initial investigation suggests a New Jersey Transit 166 Route bus rear ended a private bus, a spokesperson for the Port Authority said. The crash happened closer to the New York side of the tunnel than the New Jersey side, the spokesperson said.

The tunnel links New Jersey with Manhattan. The Port Authority says 42 million vehicles a year travel through the tunnel.

Pentangelo says a New Jersey Transit bus hit the back of a bus operated by a private company.

The extent of the injuries is not known.

There are delays of up to one hour heading into New York because traffic is being diverted to the south tube.


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