Infant dies in freak bus accident in NJ; driver charged

Infant dies in freak bus accident in NJ; driver charged

Idowu Daramola (Hudson County Sheriff's Office) Idowu Daramola (Hudson County Sheriff's Office)

Authorities have charged a bus driver in connection with a freak accident that killed a baby in West New York, N.J.

The Hudson County Sheriff's Office said the bus went out of control Tuesday afternoon and struck a lamppost, which fell onto a baby carriage, according to the Jersey Journal.

The victim was 8 months old, Sheriff Frank Schillari said.

The Sheriff's Office charged the bus driver, Idowu Daramola, 48, of Thornwood, N.Y., with reckless driving, using a cell phone while operating a vehicle, and death by auto, authorities said.

The bus was operated by Sphinx Transportation, which provides shuttle service between New Jersey and New York.

The mother, child and driver were all taken to Jersey City Medical Center, officials said.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

With Associated Press, Jersey Journal and WNYW reports.

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