New Jersey school bus collision kills student, teacher

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2018

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the crash of a dump truck and a school bus taking children to a field trip has killed a student and a teacher.

A school bus and a dump truck were involved in a serious accident Thursday morning in Mount Olive Township in Morris County, New Jersey, according to the township's mayor and a verified tweet from New Jersey State Police.

Seven adults, including the driver, and 38 students were on board the bus, Murphy said, and 43 people of those 45 were injured and hospitalized.

The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of NY. The student said that the other children were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

At the scene, the school bus appeared to be separated from its undercarriage, northjersey.com reported. "In terms of the nature of the damage to the bus, it's pretty horrific", Greenbaum said.

The parent of one of the students told News 12 New Jersey that his daughter had a concussion and gave the hospital the wrong name when she was taken in.

The company whose dump truck was reportedly involved in the crash, Mendez Trucking, has violated a number of safety regulations in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. 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. Morristown Medical Center and Hackettstown also received patients, though it wasn't clear how many.

Students say that numerous children were crying at their lockers when they heard about that happened.

Donald Lazorchek, who was picking up his son James, said the news was "shocking, very shocking", and he kept "hoping it wasn't my son".

A sign outside of the East Brook Middle School in Paramus informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident.

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 front end of the bus was severed from the vehicle and the body of the bus was separated from its chassis, which remained on the highway. Two people have suffered life-threatening injuries but the extent of the others is not known.

Where did the New Jersey school bus crash occur?

Mount Olive Township is about 50 miles west of New York City.

The front of the bus was mangled and the vehicle was missing its wheels.

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