Regional Briefs – January 13, 2016

NJ Transit Bus Crashes into Pole; No Injuries

CARLSTADT, N.J. – A NJ Transit bus struck a utility pole early Wednesday, but none of the three passengers aboard were injured, The Associated Press reported. The bus had left Newark Penn Station and was headed to Hackensack when it hit an icy patch and skidded into the pole, knocking down wires.

Weather Closes Section of Thruway near Buffalo

DUNKIRK, N.Y. – Blowing snow from lake-effect storms closed a 60-mile stretch of the Thruway Wednesday afternoon near Buffalo, The Associated Press reported. Multiple accidents were reported as 18 inches of snow was dumped on the region. Thousands of students across the area had a day off from school.

Ex-Patient Leaves $2.3M Donation for Buffalo Hospital

KENMORE, N.Y. – A Buffalo hospital received a $2.3 million donation bequeathed by a former patient, the largest donation in Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s 65-year history, The Associated Press reported. Buffalo native John Repetski, 86, who died a year ago, became a friend to hospital employees.

Children’s Museum to Showcase Muslim Cultures

NEW YORK – An exhibit opening Feb. 13 at the Children’s Museum will explore Muslim culture, following exhibits about ancient Greece, China and Japan, The Associated Press reported. Children can pretend to buy spices from Egypt, ceramics from Turkey, rugs from Morocco and serve Tajik tea.

Bus Driver Pulled From Route after Boy Found Wandering

BRONX – A school bus company fired a 30-year driver after a 5-year-old boy was found wandering after being dropped off with no one there to receive him, NBC reported. Mariana and Edgar Sanchez said a man called her on Monday saying he found their son Rafael. He then brought him home.