Student, teacher killed in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

18 May, 2018, 17:31 | Author: Donnie King
  • Emergency personnel respond to a crash after a school bus and dump truck collided in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday

Multiple ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions. "When I arrived there were children lying all over the place". State Police are investigating whether the school bus driver got separated from two other buses, missed his exit, then made an illegal U-turn moments before the bus was rear-ended by the dump truck. A "No Turns" sign is posted near the paved area between an opening in two metal guardrails.

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

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

Several teachers and students are in a critical condition after a school bus in the U.S. state of New Jersey collided with a dump truck on a major highway.

In this aerial photo, a school bus lies crashed on Route 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back and an escape hatch on the roof.

"The exact number and the identity of each individual is being withheld at this time pending formal notification of next of kin", the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. A boy on the bus says the bus toppled over and people were "hanging from their seat belts".

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




"We would like to thank the Paramus Community for their support during this very hard time", the school district said on its website.

"It's like nothing you've ever seen before", he said.

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. She taught in the school district for more than 20 years.

The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles west of NY.

Cleanup crews loaded the wrecked bus onto a flat-bed truck Thursday night as they cleared the roadway.

Governor Phil Murphy told reporters the crash occurred in the Mount Olive Township in northern New Jersey's Morris County during an excursion to Waterloo Village, a restored 19th century canal town. The dump truck seemed to be mostly intact.

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