Bus, truck drivers face charges in fatal N.J. crash

Posted on March 15, 2012

CHESTERFIELD, N.J. — Motor vehicle charges have been brought against both drivers involved in a fatal collision between a school bus and a dump truck here last month, the Courier-Post reports.

The crash killed an 11-year-old triplet, Isabelle Tezsla, and injured her two sisters, Natalie and Sophie. Another student, Jonathan Zdybel, was also hospitalized.

As SBF previously reported, investigators found that the bus "inched past a stop sign because of bad sight lines." The school bus driver, John Tieman, was cited for failing to stop or yield.

The truck driver, Michael Caporale, was cited for failing to properly secure and cover the truck's load. Also, authorities said that the truck was overloaded by almost 5,000 pounds, exceeded its legal axle weight by more than 13,000 pounds and had inadequate brakes.

A decision on criminal charges will be made after an investigation is completed and the toxicology test results of the two drivers have been received, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.

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Related Topics: fatalities, New Jersey, school bus crash

Comments ( 2 )
  • Jennifer

     | about 6 years ago

    This is so tragic and totally preventable. I do not agree with the bus driver being charged. He had to be able to see what was coming down the road. They need to fix that intersection so that you don't have to pull up to the edge of road, risking your lives to be able to see the traffic coming. My prayers are still with the deceased girl, her family, and all others involved in that horrible day.

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