MIDDLETOWN - Authorities say they are searching for a tractor-trailer driver who fled the scene after an accident on Route 35 near New Monmouth Road.
According to officials, a bus was heading southbound and rear-ended the unoccupied tractor-trailer just after 6:30 a.m.
Police say there weren't any kids on the bus.
Rescue crews worked for about 90 minutes to remove the driver, 65-year-old Beverly Cerbone, from the bus. She was airlifted to Jersey Shore Medical Center with severe head injuries. Her injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was spotted on surveillance video inside a nearby 7-Eleven. Police say the driver saw the crash and fled the scene. The police K-9 unit lost the driver's scent on Kings Highway.
The driver is described by police as a Hispanic male with dark hair, who was wearing a black hoodie and jeans with brown work boots.
Route 35 southbound was closed for a time following the accident, but has since been reopened.
Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Middletown Police Traffic Bureau at 732-615-2045.