New Jersey student, teacher killed after bus collides with truck

At least 2 dead after school bus filled with children ripped apart in collision with dump truck

At least 2 dead after school bus filled with children ripped apart in collision with dump truck

A dump truck crashed into a school bus filled with students in New Jersey Thursday morning, injuring several and killing at least two, the North Passaic Daily Voice reported, citing first responders.

The crash happened just before 10:30 a.m. on I-80 West in Mount Olive Township, with the bus ending up on its side in the grass median.

There were 38 students and seven adults on the bus including the driver, according to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. More than 40 people were taken to hospital.

The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of NY.

East Brook fifth grader Zainab Qureshi, 11, who was on one of two buses not involved in the crash, told The Morristown Daily Record the other buses made it to Waterloo.

"It's a horrific scene", he said.

Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum said he responded to the scene when he heard passengers may have been ejected during the crash.

He told HLN Thursday there were possible ejections in the crash. The red dump truck that collided with the bus was registered with Mendez Trucking, and appeared to have a mangled front end. From 2014-2016 there were more than 5,000 crashes on Route 80 in Morris County, resulting in 10 deaths and almost 1,400 injuries, according to a News 4 I-Team analysis of state data.

Prosecutors say multiple people were killed but haven't said how many.

He said that many people were screaming.

The impact was so severe, the top half of the bus completely tore away from its chassis and went hurtling into the metal barriers on the side of the highway with students inside.

Murphy arrived at East Brook Middle School Thursday afternoon to offer his support. A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement. She said she rushed to the school after hearing the news.

Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia says that fellow students who had brothers and sisters on the bus started crying after news of the crash reached the school.

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

The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.

A school bus that collided with a dump truck in New Jersey had markings for a school district that had a scheduled class trip to a nearby historic site.

The New Jersey State Department of Health's disaster team was on the scene to assist with family reunification and counseling.

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