'Horrific' school bus crash in New Jersey

Cheryl Sanders
May 18, 2018

Police say around 10:30 a.m. the bus, carrying fifth graders, collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 near Mount Olive Township.

Photos posted by NBC News showed the full-sized school bus lying on its side in the grass median, heavily damaged from the crash.

Gov. Phil Murphy said at least one student and one teacher were killed in the crash. A total of 43 people of those 45 were injured and transported to hospitals for treatment, he said.

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.

The two buses that were not involved in the crash were returned to the school and the students were reconnected with their families and dismissed, said Holly Tedesco, Paramus Council president and police commissioner.

Multiple ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions.

Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum said he responded to the scene when he heard passengers may have been ejected during the crash.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is gathering information about the crash.

Some of the children were inside the bus and some outside when first responders arrived, according to Jeff Paul, director of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.

The body of the bus came completely off its chassis and was resting on its side in the highway median.

A New Jersey school district says that a school bus taking kids to a field trip was involved in a crash with a dump truck that left multiple people injured. She said they were being evaluated and treated, but she did not have ages or conditions.

He said that many people were screaming.

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".

The students were on the way to Waterloo Village from the middle school when the collision happened.

Parents tell News 12 New Jersey that the scene at the school was chaotic as parents and loved ones tried to get news about their children who were on the trip. Two people have suffered life-threatening injuries but the extent of the others is not known.

Mount Olive Township is about 50 miles west of New York City. The front end of the bus appeared to be entirely destroyed.

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