Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Two dead, 43 injured in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

Two dead, 43 injured in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

More than 40 people were taken to hospitals. The driver of the dump truck was hurt.

All lanes of Interstate 80 have been shut down.

"Sixty-five years I lived in this town and it's hard to stand here today and talk about our education community suffering so deeply", he said.

The mayor of Mount Olive, Rob Greenbaum, told Northjersey.com he was watching the rescue efforts from a nearby overpass, calling it a "horrific scene" and describing the bus as "mangled".

Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia told the Record that students were told to return to homeroom on Thursday morning.

Those killed were a teacher and a student, AP reported, citing New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Forty-three of them were injured.

According to NBC 4 NY, the students on the other two buses were told they had to leave 10 minutes after arriving at Waterloo Village due to an incoming storm.

"Everyone's trying to make sense of this", Murphy said after meeting with teachers. Students screamed and some were left "hanging from their seat belts", he said. Saying "we're thankful to God that everything was OK" with his child, he added, "I hope the other kids are OK". Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back of the bus and an escape hatch on the roof.

Aerial footage showed the seating area of the bus, which was carrying students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village, torn from its chassis, and on its side in the center median.

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"You hear the name of the school.", she said before trailing off.

Faltings said first responders pulled children from the mangled bus.

Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, was leaving the school with her eighth-grade son who was back at the school taking a standardized test and not in the bus. "We also thank the first responders who did a tremendous job".

Morristown Medical Centre spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich said they have received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children.

After gathering information about the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said it would not be investigating what happened.

Paramus Council President Holly Tedesco, who is also the borough's Police Commissioner, said that crisis counselors were at the middle school for students and parents.

Robinson said that the district was cancelling school trips for the rest of the year.

Mount Olive Township is about 50 miles west of New York City.

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