Student, teacher killed, 43 injured in United States bus crash

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

NY reports that the bus came from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, a public school serving roughly 650 students in grades 5-8. Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive at the hospital, but officials didn't reveal his condition.

"A lot of people were injured", he said.

Fire fighters were seen working on one side of the bus around an hour after the crash. He says he thinks something hit a vehicle behind the bus.

"I heard a scraping sound and we toppled over the highway", he told the station outside a hospital.

He said people escaped through emergency exits on the roof and in the back of the vehicle.

Injured passengers were taken to Morristown Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital and Hackettstown Medical Center, according to the school district. They were on a field trip to Waterloo Village, which depicts a Lenape Indian community.

The Morris County prosecutor's office confirms "there are fatalities as a result of this crash" but hasn't said how many.

The National Transportation Safety Board said via Twitter that it was "gathering information" on the crash. She said she rushed to the school after hearing the news.

New Jersey governor Phil Murphy said his heart is "broken" after the incident.

Emergency personnel look at the wreckage of the varsity busAP:Related Press
Emergency personnel look at the wreckage of the varsity busAP:Related Press

East Brook Middle School will be open on Friday, with counselors available for students, officials said. He calls the crash a "tragedy".

The names of the teacher and student killed in the Interstate 80 crash were not released.

The bus landed on its side in the median with heavy damage to the front end.

Phone lines at the middle school appeared to be tied up after the crash, and HuffPost was not able to get through. There is no federal requirement for seat belts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them. Mount Olive township confirmed to a local paper that students from their district were not involved.

New Jersey state troopers used cadaver dogs to search for victims who may have been ejected, WABC-TV reported.

The bus and truck collided on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive on Thursday morning.

Olive Township Mayor Rob Greenbaum called the accident scene "horrific" in an interview with the USA Today Network.

The collision between the bus and dump truck caused the school bus to rip apart, tearing off the front end and undercarriage.

A Mendez-owned dump truck driven by a driver police say had a suspended license struck and killed a French fashion stylist in Manhattan in January 2011, according to court records.

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