School Bus Crash in New Jersey Kills At Least 2, Reports Say

Scene of the crash

The bus was carrying 38 students and seven chaperones from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, N.J., on a fifth-grade field trip to Waterloo Village, a recreated 19th-century town about 40 miles west of the school, when it crashed in Mount Olive a few miles from its destination, said Paramus Police Commissioner Holly Tedesco.

"This is a shaken community", Murphy said at a Thursday afternoon news conference shown on WABC-TV. The teacher who died taught at the middle school.

At least two were killed after a school bus collided with a dump truck and fell off a New Jersey highway on Thursday. From 2014-2016 there were more than 5,000 crashes on Route 80 in Morris County, resulting in 10 deaths and almost 1,400 injuries, according to a News 4 I-Team analysis of state data.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

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. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it, the AP reported. The teacher killed in the crash has been identified as Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy. All the survivors were taken to hospitals, authorities said.

Scene of the crash
Scene of the crash

The bus was owned by the school district and equipped with seat belts, according to Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson. Forty-three people from the bus and the truck driver were hospitalized, some in critical condition.

The exact number of children and adults on the bus wasn't known, but multiple people were taken to area hospitals.

A spokeswoman for Atlantic Health System said that patients had been taken to Morristown Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center. She declined to provide further details. "Students will be dismissed from school".

Paramus school officials said the borough's schools would be open Friday and that crisis counselors would be on hand. "But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see. It's tragic", he told reporters. Students on the other two buses taking part in the trip were told they had to leave 10 minutes after arriving because of a storm, and only learned of the accident when they arrived back at school. It's a popular spot for school trips.

In the immediate aftermath of the accident, Murphy tweeted his reaction: "Our hearts are broken by today's tragedy".

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