Fatalities Reported in School Bus, Dump Truck Crash in New Jersey

HORROR IN NJ: School Bus & Dump Truck Collide On Route 80; Fatalities Reported, Many Injured

HORROR IN NJ: School Bus & Dump Truck Collide On Route 80; Fatalities Reported, Many Injured

The bus, which was reported to be driven by a driver who allegedly was trying to make an illegal U turn on the highway, crashed violently into a dump truck crumpling and injuring 43 people and killing a teacher and 5th grade student from East Brook Middle School in Paramus.

The school bus is said to have fallen at Route 80 near Mount Olive Township, which is about 50 miles west of New York City.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that one adult and one student were killed.

Two other buses not involved in the accident returned to the school, and students were being dismissed.

Faltings said the front of the dump truck appeared to have been sheared off and the school bus was "ripped off its frame" after hitting a guardrail and flipping over. "In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn".

Officials said the bus driver is a district employee, and the school bus is owned by the Paramus Public Schools. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it.

Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township New Jersey U.S

State police and the prosecutors in Morris County, which is where the accident happened, were conducting a joint investigation, officials said.

She said those two buses made it to Waterloo Village, but they were told by teachers and chaperones about a half hour later that they had to return to school because of bad weather. Raw video from the scene: Around a dozen people remain hospitalized, at least one in critical condition.

"People were screaming and some were hanging from their seatbelts", said the boy, who was among the 21 passengers taken to Morristown Medical Center; he was later released. "But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see".

Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, said she rushed to the school, where her son was taking a test after hearing the news. "It's tragic", he told reporters.

Company officials were not immediately available for comment.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents involving buses, was gathering information but was not investigating the collision, it said on Twitter. She taught in the school district for more than 20 years.

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