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Police: Blackwood Man Charged with DWI in School Bus-Involved Accident

The accident, which occurred at the intersection of Little Gloucester and Erial roads, sent five students to an area hospital.

A Blackwood man has been charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) in connection with a school bus-involved accident at Little Gloucester and Erial roads late Friday morning, according to police.

Five Blackwood Elementary School students were taken to an area hospital for evaluation as a precaution after the two-vehicle crash, police said.

All five students had been released to their parents within about two hours of the accident, according to Gloucester Township Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Seddon. They were evaluated at Kennedy University Hospital-Washington Township after complaining of headaches and general pain.

Anthony Ross Jr., 29, of the 400 block of the Black Horse Pike, was driving under the influence of drugs when he drove a 2011 Nissan Pathfinder SUV into the rear of the Gloucester Township Public Schools' bus in front of Charles W. Lewis Middle School at around 11:35 a.m., according to police. The bus was stopped for a red light.

Police recovered marijuana and a prescription legend pill from Ross' SUV, Gloucester Township Police Lt. Jason Gittens said.

In addition to DWI, Ross was charged with third-degree aggravated assault by auto, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and a single count of using and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance. He was also served an outstanding warrant.

Ross remained at Cooper University Hospital, in Camden, for evaluation as of about 5:30 p.m. Friday. Bail on the charges stemming from the crash was set at $5,000, Gittens said. The warrant called for $500 bail.

The bus was able to be driven from the scene.

Police did not identify the bus driver or any of the students who were riding the bus at the time of the crash.

Michelle Wolfson May 21, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Scary! Really glad everyone was okay.
D. H. May 21, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Also thankful the kids are OK. But we are hearing about too many school bus incidents. Beginning of this school year my grandson was abandon on the wrong corner at the wrong time by one of our GT Drivers and our township's school board just sweep it under the table...
Paul May 22, 2012 at 01:21 AM
yes,,,thankful the children are ok.. and the bus driver... this was a school bus that was at a complete stop at a red light when it was rear ended by a person without even trying to stop...did you read the article and see all of the charges against this person. this was no fault of the school bus driver..you make no sense

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