Prosecutor confirms deaths following school bus crash on I-80

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a school bus and dump truck collision injuring multiple people on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday

Paramus Public Schools said it was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, which is about five miles from the crash scene.

St. Joseph's received two patients, a spokeswoman said, but she would not comment on their conditions.

A student and a teacher were killed and 43 others injured on Thursday when a school bus of 5th graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway, officials said.

"A lot of people were injured", he said. Children were seen in the median area away from the bus. Apart from the two died, all the others were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.

Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, was leaving the school with her eighth-grade son who was back at the school taking a standardized test and not in the bus. He says he thinks something hit a vehicle behind the bus.

Theo Ancevski, a student riding on the bus, told the AP he was sitting in the fourth row from the front when it crashed.

He said some students evacuated through the emergency exit on the vehicle's roof while others scrambled out of windows.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been briefed on the crash, according to Communications Director Mahen Gunaratna. 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.

The cause of the accident is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police and the Morris County prosecutor's office.

School Bus Dump Truck Crash
A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday

Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Record: "There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by state police".

Alan Fulton, who witnessed the scene, described it to Newsweek as "horrific" and asked for prayers for all involved.

The school is located about 22 miles from New York City.

A sign outside of the East Brook Middle School in Paramus informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident. He calls the crash a "tragedy".

The bus was apparently filled with children, and multiple injuries are reported.

The body of the bus came completely off its chassis.

The extent of the 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 school bus that collided with a dump truck in New Jersey had markings for a school district that had a scheduled class trip to a nearby historic site. Mount Olive township confirmed to a local paper that students from their district were not involved.

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