Teacher, one student killed in NJ school bus-truck collision

New Jersey

The news of the deadly bus crash caused a chaotic scene inside the school as frantic parents rushed in to pick up their children.

A dump truck crashed into a school bus filled with students in New Jersey Thursday morning, injuring several and killing at least two, the North Passaic Daily Voice reported, citing first responders.

According to U.S. media, 10 people have been taken to the Hackettstown Medical Center, 10 have been taken to St Clare's Hospital and others have been taken to the Morristown Medical Center.

The crash happened just before 10:30 a.m. on I-80 West in Mount Olive Township, with the bus ending up on its side in the grass median.

Paramus Public Schools said that the bus was taking pupils from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a restored 19th-century canal town that is about five miles from the crash scene.

The front end of the bus was severed from the vehicle and the body of the bus was separated from its chassis, which remained on the highway.

"It's a horrific scene", Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Bergen Record.

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The bus had entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206, police said. The bus was one of three taking students on the field trip.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive and being treated at a hospital, but officials did not reveal his condition. Its trucks had been in seven crashes, none fatal, during the last two years before Thursday's crash, the FMCSA says.

News 12 New Jersey looked into safety records for the school district and found that Paramus has an exemplary record.

Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia says that fellow students who had brothers and sisters on the bus started crying after news of the crash reached the school.

"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. She said those two buses made it to Waterloo Village, but they were told by teachers and chaperones about a half hour later that they had to return to school because of bad weather. Mendez's rate was 37.9 percent, according to FMCSA. Also, the truck was involved in another crash in 2016.

A Mendez-owned dump truck driven by a driver police say had a suspended license struck and killed a French fashion stylist in NY in January 2011, according to court records.

A message left with the company Thursday wasn't immediately returned.

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