Governor Phil Murphy had the grim task of announcing that at a student and a teacher died in New Jersey today, when a school bus collided with a dump truck on a major highway, injuring dozens of others
At least 45 people were injured, some in critical condition and undergoing surgery in local hospitals. “Everybody was injured,” Murphy said.
An unknown number of children were on the bus at the time of the 10 am crash, said State Police, who reported that the bus was carrying fifth graders on a field trip when it collided with a dump truck on Thursday morning.
The crash completely ripped off the undercarriage of the bus and left it lying demolished with parts spread out along the highway, in the median of Route 80 in Mount Olive Township.
The accident scene was full of police vehicles and ambulances, tending to children in shock and possibly injured. The full extent of their injuries is not known at this time.
At least one person was taken to St Joseph Medical Centre in Paterson, New Jersey, while several others were reportedly taken to nearby Hackettstown Medical Centre.
The bus was carrying students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village as part of a field trip for fifth graders.
Morristown Medical Center spokesperson 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.
About 10 victims were taken to St. Clare’s Dover Hospital and St. Clare’s Denville Hospital, according to Communications Director Patty Montgomery. She said they were being evaluated and treated, but she did not have ages or conditions.
Two other buses not involved in the accident returned to the school, and students were being dismissed.
Connect with NJTODAY.NET
Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address!