A student and teacher are dead after a full-size school bus collided with a dump truck on a major New Jersey highway Thursday, a violent accident that ripped the undercarriage completely off the bus and left it demolished on its side in the median.
The crash Thursday morning occurred on a stretch of busy Interstate 80 and just past the exit for Waterloo Village, where the group from East Brook Middle School was headed.
Police spokesman Darren Tainan reported that many people were taken to hospital.
The bus was carrying students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village, a restored 19th century canal town, officials said.
The two buses that were not involved in the crash were returned to the school and the students were reconnected with their families and dismissed, said Holly Tedesco, Paramus Council president and police commissioner.
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.
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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. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it. The dump truck driver's condition was not immediately clear.
There were seven adults, including the driver, and 38 students on board the bus, according to Murphy.
A spokeswoman for Morristown Medical Center confirmed the hospital was treating passengers from the bus but declined to provide ages or describe their injuries.
"The children were all over, outside", said Morris County Office Of Emergency Management Director Jeff Paul. Further, an unknown number of injured have been admitted to Morristown Medical Center.
In the accident were students of the 5th class. "We also thank the first responders who did a tremendous job". A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement. Currently, the national Commission on safety of traffic of the US collects information about the accident. She taught in the school district for more than 20 years.