Two Dead In School Bus Collision With Truck On New Jersey Highway
18 May, 2018, 03:59 | Author: Wade Massey
"This morning, East Brook Middle School students on their way to Waterloo Village were involved in a serious bus accident on Route 80 in Mount Olive, NJ".
Those killed were a teacher and a student, AP reported, citing New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy.
According to USA media, 10 people have been taken to the Hackettstown Medical Center, 10 have been taken to St Clare's Hospital and others have been taken to the Morristown Medical Center.
The school's fifth-grade class was heading to Waterloo Village in Stanhope for a class trip when one of the three buses collided with a dump truck near Exit 25 in Mount Olive.
Students on two other buses on the field trip returned to the school about 80km from the crash site and were reunited with their parents, said Paramus police Commissioner Holly Tedesco.
Multiple ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions.
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told the Daily Record he rushed to the scene and was observing the rescue efforts from an overpass overlooking the highway.
The truck involved in the crash was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it.
The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information on the incident, a spokesman said.
Emergency personnel look at the wreckage of the varsity busAP:Related Press
The Morris County Prosecutor's Office isn't yet releasing the victims' names or additional information on how seriously anyone was injured, as this is an ongoing investigation. School bus crashes killed 902 people in other vehicles over that span.
"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking around", said student Alejandro Garcia.
"Photos obtained by News 4 shows the heavily damaged bus on its side in the median, surrounded by dozens of emergency and law enforcement vehicles".
Donald Lazorchek, who was picking up his son James, said the news was "shocking, very shocking", and he kept "hoping it wasn't my son". "Students will be dismissed from school".
She said students didn't find out about the accident until they arrived back at school.
The collision between the bus and dump truck caused the school bus to rip apart, tearing off the front end and undercarriage.
Where did the New Jersey school bus crash occur? Two people have suffered life-threatening injuries but the extent of the others is not known.
The school bus was on its side on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive with its front end sheared off.
"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by State Police", he told the newspaper.
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