Some windows burst in the crash and their frames pinned three people, but they were quickly freed and taken to hospitals with the other injured. The bus had been chartered by a church group.
Eight of the injured passengers were admitted in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. Details of their injuries were not disclosed. Others, including two young children, were treated for minor injuries. State police said none of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
"It was terrifying," Norma Cumberbatch, 66, of Toronto, told the Star-Ledger of Newark. Cumberbatch, traveling with her sister, Marjorie, said she struggled to free her legs from fallen luggage and other debris. "I just took my leg out and then said: 'Where's my sister? I want my sister.' "
Marjorie Cumberbatch, 68, said she heard "thump, thump, thump. Then I looked up and I saw people over me screaming and crying."
The bus was from Toronto-based AVM Max 2000 Charter Services Inc., state police said. The phone for AVM Max rang unanswered Saturday afternoon, and the company did not respond to an e-mail.