Written by Brian Aberback – Courtesy of NorthJersey.com (NJ) August 27, 2005 – A township senior citizens bus plowed into a parked firetruck Friday, sending the bus driver to the hospital. There were no passengers aboard the bus or the firetruck when the bus, traveling south on Palisade Avenue, slammed into the back of the fire engine, which was parked across the road from Votee Park at 10:16 a.m., Police Chief Paul Tiernan said. The bus driver, Teaneck resident Harry Richburg Jr., 37, walked away from the crash and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, complaining of arm and neck pain, Tiernan said. A hospital spokesman would not release information on Richburg’s condition Friday afternoon. Richburg said he “sneezed three times, felt light-headed and crashed into the firetruck,” Tiernan said. There were no skid marks at the scene, but Tiernan said he did not think Richburg was driving at a high speed. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved, he said. The front end of the bus was smashed in, its windshield was cracked, and its airbag had deployed. “We’re very lucky no one was in the van,” Fire Chief John Bauer said. The firetruck sustained substantial damage to its rear, he said. Richburg has worked for the town for about a year and has had no driving problems, Township Manager Helene Fall said. Fall said the township would either use one of its spare engines or try to borrow one from the Hackensack Fire Department while the damaged engine is fixed. Firefighters from the Windsor Road Fire Station were using their ladder truck at Votee Park to help Department of Public Works employees change lights on 80- to 100-foot poles. The engine was parked at the side of the road so that the firefighters could immediately respond to any calls that came in while they were assisting the DPW, Bauer said.