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An image made from video provided by WCBS-TV New York shows a luxury bus that crashed on the New Jersey Turnpike late Monday night. (March 14, 2011) Credit: AP

A luxury bus from New York City's Chinatown to Philadelphia crashed Monday night on one of the nation's most heavily trafficked highways, killing the driver and another person, police said.

The driver was thrown through the windshield, and several passengers were badly injured in the New Jersey Turnpike crash, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said. The other person who was killed had been on the bus, and about 40 people were sent to hospitals, he said.

The one-vehicle crash happened just days after a bus from an Uncasville, Conn., casino crashed as it was returning to New York City's Chinatown neighborhood, in downtown Manhattan, killing 15 people.

The bus in Monday's crash, operated by a company from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., slammed into a guard rail and a concrete abutment while traveling south on the turnpike in East Brunswick, but it didn't flip onto its side as initially believed, police said.

The cause of the crash hadn't been determined.

The turnpike, which handled more than 235 million vehicles two years ago, generally has five lanes in each direction. The crash closed two southbound outer lanes.

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