Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Multiple injuries in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

Multiple injuries in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

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.

The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed.

The students, fifth graders at East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey, were on their way to a field trip when the collision occurred, Murphy told a news conference from the school.

More than 40 others were injured, some critically, and were taken to local hospitals, Murphy told reporters.

Authorities would not say if they believe the driver was attempting to make an illegal turn on the highway before the crash.

A witness said the school bus appeared to have collided with a dump truck. A picture showed a red dump truck stopped at the accident scene.

The bus was owned by the school district and equipped with seat belts, according to Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it, the AP reported. Raw video from the scene: Around a dozen people remain hospitalized, at least one in critical condition.

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A State Police spokesman said investigators were working to vet a range of reports, including claims gathered from social media, to determine the chain of events that ended with a fifth-grader and teacher dead.

Morristown Medical Center spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich said they have received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children.

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

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

One student, speaking outside Morristown Medical Center, described a truck hitting from behind before the bus flipped. Gov. Philip D. Murphy said the state police and the Morris County prosecutor's office were investigating the crash, which a police official said was standard after a wreck of such severity.

Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, said she rushed to the school, where her son was taking a test after hearing the news. "But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see".

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.

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