About 20 Pocono commuters were taken to New York area hospitals early Monday morning after a Martz Trailways bus traveling to New York rear-ended a New Jersey Transit bus near the entrance to Lincoln Tunnel.
The crash closed the tunnel until about 10:30 a.m., causing major delays in both directions and turning a two-hour commute into a morning-long nightmare.
None of the injuries that were reported to us are life-threatening injuries, and we are very grateful for that, Michael Jordan, Martz Trailways corporate director of safety, said.
The bus involved originated in Tobyhanna at about 5:15 a.m. and stopped in Mount Pocono to pick up passengers. It was a 55-seat bus, although Jordan wasn't sure how many passengers were on the bus at the time of the crash, about 7:15 a.m.
Both the Martz bus and the New Jersey Transit bus involved in the collision were disabled and had to be towed from the scene.
The Jersey Journal reported that two passengers were seriously injured with three taken out of the buses strapped to backboards.
The crash occurred in the express bus lane of New Jersey Route 495 as it approaches the tunnel.
New Jersey Transit spokesperson Nancy Snyder said its bus involved in the collision was its Route 168 bus from Paramus, N.J. to the Port Authority bus station in New York City. That bus had 45 passengers and a driver.
A second crash Monday afternoon affected tunnel traffic as well. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said an eight-vehicle crash that occurred at about 12:30 p.m. closed an outbound tube of the Lincoln Tunnel.
Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico says five people were injured in the afternoon crash. The outbound north tube was closed and outbound traffic was being diverted to the center tube.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.