FIRST REPORTED AT 10:28 a.m. UPDATED AT 2 P.M.
Reported by Bill Duhart (editor)
An seven-vehicle accident Wednesday morning including a school bus carrying senior citizens, sent eight people to the hospital by ambulance, two in critical condition.
The wreck occurred on Chews Landing Road near the Black Horse Pike at 9:39 a.m.
At least two people, including a woman driving one of the vehicles, had to be cut free from the wreckage, Gloucester Township police Deputy Chief David Harkins said. That woman, and a passenger on the bus, required critical care and were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Three victims were taken to Cooper, three to JFK Hospital in Stratford and two to Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, formerly known as Underwood-Memorial Hospital.
The roads were closed for four hours until shortly after 1:30 p.m.
Helicopter footage from NBC10 in Philadelphia showed the bus involved was from Archway Programs, a special-needs school with campuses in Atco and Evesham Township. Harkins confirmed an Archway bus was involved in the accident. He said it was transporting elderly passengers to a senior center in the Lakeland section of the township.
Other eyewitness told 6ABC.com what they saw.
Harkins said the cause of the accident on the busy two-lane roads was still under investigation.
Bryan Littel (editor) contributed to this report.