Multiple people hurt after school bus, dump truck crash on NJ highway

Fire fighters were seen working on one side of the bus around an hour after the crash. It is not known if anyone is trapped inside or not. The top half tore away from the chassis and went hurtling into the metal barrier on the side of the highway

First responders are on the scene of a school bus accident in New Jersey Thursday morning, and there are reports of serious injuries.

The school bus was on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive and the front end of the bus appeared to be crushed or ripped off.

Awful school bus accident Route 80 Mt.Olive.

"I have never seen anything like that. It's a horrific scene", Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Record. "It doesn't take long to look at this accident scene and to understand how horrific the injuries would be". The undercarriage, the bus wheels still attached, lays perpendicular to the overturned bus, stretching out over multiple lanes of the highway.

The front of the school bus was reportedly badly damaged in the crash and various parts of the vehicle were seen laying on the highway. It happened around 9:30 a.m. with a bus carrying middle school students from the Paramus school district.

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Mount Olive police said family members of those involved in the crash should contact Paramus Police at 201-262-3400.

"My heart goes out to the people of Paramus", Greenbaum said.

The injured were being rushed to at least two area hospitals. It wasn't immediately known how many people were on the bus or in the truck.

Traffic was initially shut down on I-80 in both directions near the site of the accident.

UPDATE- On I-80 eastbound, right and center lanes reopened near Exit 25 - Rte.

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