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Video Shows Final Moments before New Jersey Woman Killed in Bus Accident

A grocery store surveillance camera caught on tape the final moments of life for a 64-year-old woman who was killed by a New Jersey Transit bus.

Shambra Rollins was waiting for the bus inside the Los Amigos grocery store in Camden, New Jersey. Around 12:30 p.m., she saw the bus approaching and ran out to try to flag it down.

Off-camera, the bus struck and killed her.

Keith Clark, the woman's son-in-law, said that the bus driver saw her and that there was a red light. He said that the driver looked like she was going to stop but instead ran right over Robbins. He said he didn't know why the bus didn't stop before hitting her.

Rollins, who was a special education teacher for 25 years, was on her way to Philadelphia to attend church with family members. She was a mother of three, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother.

Witnesses said that the driver of the New Jersey Transit bus dropped to her knees and was crying after the accident. She was taken to the hospital after the incident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Bus Crash Causation Study collected data on 39 crashes involving 40 buses in 2005 and 2006 in northeastern New Jersey. The study found that a large percentage of the crashes were caused by driver error, both by the bus drivers and by drivers of the vehicles involved in collisions with the buses. Driver negligence was an issue in 79% of the accidents.

Causes of bus accidents include speeding, failing to take into consideration weather conditions, driver fatigue, making sudden lane changes, and veering off the road.

According to a 2009 study, 221 bus accidents that year involved fatalities, as compared to 18,315 fatal crashes involving cars. Thus, taking public transportation is considered much safer than driving in a private car.

If you've been involved in an injury accident involving a bus or any other kind of public transportation, contact an experienced personal injury law attorney at the New Jersey Law Offices of Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLC.

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