An early morning crash on November 14, 2016, involving a Manchester Township school bus sent four individuals to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries on Monday morning. Officers responded to the Manchester Middle School after Tracey Schadewald, 45, of Manchester, struck the rear of a parked school bus with her 2013 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.
At approximately 7:53 a.m., officers from the Manchester Township Police Department responded to the Manchester Middle School on Ridgeway Road for the report of a motor vehicle crash involving a passenger vehicle and a school bus. Upon arrival, it was determined that Schadewald was exiting the student drop-off area when she struck the rear of a parked school bus with her 2013 Chrysler Town and Country minivan.
Although there were no students present on the bus at the time of the crash, the bus was occupied by three school employees. Schadewald, who suffered a leg injury, was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River by members of the Manchester Volunteer First Aid Squad. The school employees, Gail Serafin and Leslie D. Ruckert, both 62 and of Manchester, along with Marisa Curran, 52, of Toms River, suffered non-life threatening injuries and were also transported to Community Medical Center by Quality Medical Transport for evaluation and treatment. The crash is being investigated by Cpl. Douglas Higgins of the Department’s Traffic Safety Unit.