Images taken at the scene and posted to social media show the bus on its side in the median with heavy damage to the front end.
Several people were seriously injured in a school bus crash on a New Jersey highway on Thursday morning, the state police said.
The school bus was carrying students from Paramus Middle School who were on a field trip to Waterloo Village. The principal's office hung up the phone when News 4 called seeking comment.
The body of the bus came completely off its chassis.
Hackettstown Medical Center told News 12 New Jersey they are receiving 10 patients from the crash. More details as they become available. The front of it is barely recognizable, a mangled chunk of broken-apart machinery spread from the highway shoulder lane through the guardrail and into the grassy median, where police and first responders are seen tending to stunned children.
The exact extent of the injuries remained unknown. "It looked like it was broken in half".
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Students were reportedly from a middle school in the Paramus school district.
Traffic was shut down on I-80 in both directions near the site of the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information on the crash, a spokesman said.
"There's an incredible emergency response throughout Morris County and by State Police", Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told the Daily Record.