Looking for gun, troopers raid bus full of soldiers
Sunday, August 12, 2007
State Police, responding to a report of a person armed with a machine gun driving on the New Jersey Turnpike, stopped and swarmed a school bus only to discover it was filled with soldiers headed to Fort Dix, authorities said.
A concerned motorist called police around 10 a.m. yesterday after spotting the machine gun as the bus drove through Edison toward the Turnpike, said Joe Orlando, a spokesman for the Turnpike Authority.
The Turnpike Authority started searching camera feeds on the highway to try to locate the bus, and State Police positioned troopers to intercept it.
Troopers caught up with the bus around Interchange 8A in South Brunswick just before 10:45 a.m., said Orlando, who noted that officials routinely urge motorists to report suspicious activity along the roadways.
The bus turned out to be carrying about 20 soldiers, he said.
"I'm not sure who was more heavily armed, the police or the soldiers," Orlando said.