Police have responded to a serious accident involving a school bus and a dump truck in Mount Olive Township in Morris County, New Jersey, according to the township's mayor and a verified tweet from New Jersey State Police.
Mount Olive Township is about 50 miles west of New York City.
The front of the bus was barely recognizable, and a mangled chunk of machinery spread from the highway shoulder lane through the guardrail and into the grassy median, where police and first responders tended to children.
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.
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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.
A sign posted outside the school informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident.
Jay Faltings, who drove past the scene approximately five minutes after the crash, told HLN he saw children being rescued from the wreckage, according to CNN.
A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018.
The body of the bus came completely off its chassis and was resting on its side in the highway median.
State police say that an unknown number of children were on the bus and multiple victims have been sent to the hospital.
It wasn't immediately known how many people were on the bus or in the truck. A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was gathering information on the crash. "I believe both patients are schoolchildren", she said.