School bus, dump truck crash in NJ

Emergency personnel examined a school bus after it collided with a dump truck collision on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday

School bus, dump truck crash in NJ

We will remind, in the USA state of new Jersey the school bus was carrying children on a tour, and dump truck collided on a country road, as a result, the bus overturned on the roof and received significant damage.

One child and one teacher have been killed in a crash between a school bus and a truck in New Jersey.

"Our hearts are broken by today's tragedy", Democratic New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said. Some of the 43 injured are in critical condition and undergoing surgery at local hospitals, Murphy said, though he did not provide further information on how many.

"There is an terrible lot we just don't know", the governor said, adding details of the crash are not being released pending an investigation.

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.

Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum who was observing the rescue efforts at the scene said that the bus was "mangled" with its chassis detached from the rest of the vehicle.

Students, teachers and chaperones were on the bus that crashed with the dump truck, she said.

The truck involved in the crash was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it.

The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents involving buses, was gathering information on the crash but was not investigating the collision, the agency said on Twitter. Some children were still inside the bus when first responders arrived, according to Jeff Paul, director of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management. Morristown Medical Center and Hackettstown also received patients, though it wasn't clear how many.

The bus was on its side on the median of the highway with its front end sheared off.

The bus contained fifth-graders from East Brook Middle School in Paramus.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007-2016, the previous year for which data is available. A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement. The exact number and extent injuries was not immediately known.

Phone lines at the middle school appeared to be tied up after the crash, and HuffPost was not able to get through.

A red dump truck with severe front-end damage was at the scene, about 50 miles outside of New York City.

The New Jersey State Department of Health's disaster team was on the scene to assist with family reunification and counseling.

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