Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Multiple Injuries Reported after School Bus, Dump Truck Collide in New Jersey

New Jersey School Bus Crash 1 A number of ambulances have been dispatched after a college bus and dump truck collided on Interstate 80 in New Jersey on Thursday
Leonard Rios | 18 May, 2018, 17:31

Investigators are looking for answers Friday after a child and a teacher were killed and 44 injured when a school bus crashed in New Jersey Thursday morning.

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. "Our hearts are broken by today's tragedy", New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.

The bus was carrying students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village as part of a field trip for fifth graders. "There is an very bad lot we just don't know", the governor said, adding details of the crash were not being released pending an investigation.

At the scene, the school bus appeared to be separated from its undercarriage, northjersey.com reported. "In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn".

Rescue workers can be seen administering aid to dozens of children injured in a horrific school bus crash on Route 80. Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive and at the hospital, but officials didn't reveal his condition.

The school bus had markings for the Paramus School District. The children were wearing seat belts, police said.

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"Some patients are in critical condition and now undergoing surgery, so please keep everybody in your prayers", Governor Murphy said.

Hackettstown Medical Center had 10 patients from the crash.

East Brook Middle School, located about 20 miles outside New York City, serves 650 students in the fifth through eighth grades.

"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by State Police".

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 said she rushed to the school after hearing the news.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007-2016, the past year for which data is available. According to the school district's website, schools were scheduled to open Friday but evening activities were canceled, and PARCC testing was canceled for Friday and next Monday.

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