'Horrific' school bus crash in New Jersey

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

The bus was carrying 38 students and seven chaperones from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, N.J., on a fifth-grade field trip to Waterloo Village, a recreated 19th-century town about 40 miles west of the school, when it crashed in Mount Olive a few miles from its destination, said Paramus Police Commissioner Holly Tedesco.

It was also sheared off its undercarriage and a piece of the front end of the bus with the steering wheel visible was lying on top of the guardrail separating the highway from the median. Numerous injured are still in area hospitals for treatment or surgery.

"[The bus] entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206", according to that account.

"We would like to thank the Paramus Community for their support during this very hard time", the school district said on its website. Emblazoned on the back of the truck: "In God we trust". "In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn".

The school bus had markings for the Paramus School District.

At least two patients were taken to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson.

This image taken from WABC-TV video shows an overturned school bus after it collided with a dump truck injuring multiple people on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday
Multiple people hurt after school bus, dump truck crash on NJ highway

Students at East Brook Middle School, a public school serving roughly 650 students in grades 5 through 8, were picked up early from school - they found out about the accident when other students were crying in the halls. Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive and at the hospital, but officials didn't reveal his condition. The names of the teacher and student killed were not released. The children were wearing seat belts, police said. "Students will be dismissed from school".

A spokeswoman for Morristown Medical Center confirmed the hospital was treating passengers from the bus but declined to provide ages or describe their injuries.

All evening school activities are cancelled for this evening and tomorrow evening.

The bus was one of three buses that went on the trip; the other two returned to the school.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, Murphy tweeted his reaction: "Our hearts are broken by today's tragedy".

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