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

Pauline Gross
May 18, 2018

This image taken from WABC-TV video shows an overturned school bus after it collided with a dump truck, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. Two were killed and the rest were injured, some critically.

Some mothers and children wept as they walked away from the school.

The bus was one of three taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the crash scene. A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement. "Students will be dismissed from school".

The bus, carrying 38 students aged between 10 and 11, and seven adults, were from East Brook Middle School.

"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking around", said student Alejandro Garcia.

He told reporters he escaped through an emergency door on the bus:
"A lot of people (inside the bus) were screaming and they were like, hanging from their seat belts", he added.

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The National Transportation Safety Board was investigating the incident, NorthJersey.com reported, as were the New Jersey State Police.

Donald Lazorchek, who was picking up his son James, said the news was "shocking, very shocking", and he kept "hoping it wasn't my son". "It's a horrific scene", Mt. About ten victims were taken to hospital St. Clare's Dover Hospital and St. Clare's Denville Hospital. Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive and at the hospital, but officials didn't reveal his condition.

A team with the New Jersey Department of Health also responded.

Online directions advise visitors to travel Route 80 before taking Exit 25 toward Stanhope. Heavy delays are expected through Thursday's evening rush hour.

The crash occurred about 10:20 a.m.in Mount Olive Township in northern New Jersey's Morris County, Governor Phil Murphy told a news conference.

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