Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Students, teachers injured in NJ bus crash transported to 6 hospitals

Students, teachers injured in NJ bus crash transported to 6 hospitals

May 17, 2018 A school bus lies along Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., after colliding with a dump truck. Two were killed and the rest were injured, some critically.

More than 40 others were injured, some critically, and were taken to local hospitals, Murphy told reporters.

Cadaver dogs were seen searching the woods near the bus crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents involving buses, was gathering information but was not investigating the collision, it said on Twitter.

"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. The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed. "But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see..."

A fifth-grade class trip from the district was scheduled for Waterloo Village, a historic site about 5 miles away from the crash scene.

The bus was one of three buses that went on the trip; the other two returned to the school. They were then reunited with their families. Governor Murphy confirmed this afternoon at Paramus High School that there was one student and one adult who lost their life in the accident.

"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking around", said student Alejandro Garcia.

Faltings said first responders appeared to have removed the children from the scene.

No additional details on the children or any injuries were available. The company also paid more than $6,000 for failing to have all vehicle parts and accessories in safe and working order.

A Mendez-owned dump truck driven by a driver police say had a suspended license struck and killed a French fashion stylist in NY in January 2011, according to court records.

Mount Olive police say westbound traffic is being diverted off Route 80 at exit 26 and to expect heavy delays along Route 46.

Serious accidents are not uncommon in that stretch of the busy highway.

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