Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Multiple people hurt after school bus, dump truck crash on NJ highway

Multiple people hurt after school bus, dump truck crash on NJ highway

The bus was also detached from its chassis and a piece of the front end, with the steering wheel visible, was laying on top of the metal barrier separating the highway from the median. A sign there reads "No Turns". School bus crashes killed 902 people in other vehicles over that span.

Dozens of people from the bus and the truck driver have been hospitalized.

The bus from East Brook Middle School was traveling on Interstate 80, west of exit 25, when it collided with the dump truck. The other buses made it to the site but returned to the school about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.

Police have responded to a serious accident involving a school bus and a dump truck in Mount Olive Township in Morris County, New Jersey, according to the township's mayor and a verified tweet from New Jersey State Police. He told reporters he escaped through an emergency door on the bus.

News of the tragedy spread quickly, and parents frantically arrived at the school to pick up their children.

There is no federal requirement for seat belts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them.

Paramus school officials said the borough's schools would be open Friday and that crisis counselors would be on hand.

"My heart just dropped".

Officials said the bus driver is a district employee, and the school bus is owned by the Paramus Public Schools. She taught in the school district for more than 20 years. Forty-three people aboard the bus were injured and taken to the hospital, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said during a news conference Thursday afternoon.

"Everybody's trying to make sense of this", Murphy said.

The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of NY. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it, the AP reported.

Zainab Qureshi, 11, told The Record she was on one of the two buses not involved in the crash.

A man at the front desk of a company connected to a license plate on the dump truck said it's not clear what happened, but he did confirm the driver left the facility Thursday morning and got into the accident.

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