- A school bus and a dump truck were involved in a crash on Route 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey Thursday morning, according to NJ State Police.
The crash occurred at about 10:20 a.m.in Mount Olive Township in northern New Jersey's Morris County, Governor Phil Murphy told a news conference. A total of 43 people of those 45 were injured and transported to hospitals for treatment, he said.
It was initially reported that the bus had collided with a dump truck causing the bus to roll into the median and dislodge from its chassis.
Students on two other buses on the field trip returned to the school about 50 miles from the crash site and were reunited with their parents, said Paramus police commissioner Holly Tedesco.
The Paramus (puh-RAM'-uhs) school district says the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, near the crash scene.
Olive Township Mayor Rob Greenbaum called the accident scene "horrific" in an interview with the USA Today Network.
"From what I saw, the red truck was destroyed, but the bus appeared worse", Manuel Absalon, a tourist from Mexico driving by the crash site, told WNBC-TV.
After gathering information about the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said it would not be investigating what happened. 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. It is unclear how many students were aboard the bus or the number of vehicles involved in the collision.
The bus landed on its side in the median with heavy damage to the front end.
The names of the teacher and student killed in the Interstate 80 crash were not released.
A sign outside of the East Brook Middle School in Paramus informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident.
"A lot of people were injured", he said. 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.
She said students didn't find out about the accident until they arrived back at school.
There was no immediate word on injuries. The truck driver was also being treated at a hospital.
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"The children were all over, outside", said Morris County Office Of Emergency Management Director, Jeff Paul.