20 November, 1985 (~estimated)


By School Van, Car Collision

Traffic was tied up Tuesday morning as the result of an 8:30 accident between a school van and two cars just before the Mercer Road Bridge.

One driver. Patricia Hooks, 22, of Trenton, was taken by the Princeton First Aid Squad ambulance to Princeton Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries to her head, back and legs.

None of the five students in the 16-seat school bus van, nor the driver, Lynn Delgado, 25, of Diverty Road. Trenton, nor a teacher’s aide were injured. Police report the van was transporting the students to a special class held in the Unitarian Church.


According to Ptl. Robert Buchanan, who investigated, a car approaching the bridge had slid off the roadway — it was raining at the time and road conditions were wet and slippery — and a car behind it, operated by Sally Campanaro, 21, of Trenton, braked suddenly to avoid a collision.

The Hooks car was unable to stop in time and collided with the rear of the Campanaro car. The school van, following behind, then struck the rear of the Hooks car.

Ptl. Buchanan issued a summons to the operator of the school van for careless driving. Charges against Ms. Hooks are pending the completion of his investigation.

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