Teacher, student killed in bus crash

Minnie Murray
May 18, 2018

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 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. Apart from the two died, all the others were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment. Students on two other buses on the field trip returned to the school about 50 miles from the crash site and were reunited with their parents.

Officials are reportedly looking into the possibility the bus driver became separated from the other buses, missed the exit and attempted to make an illegal u-turn moments before the bus was rear-ended by the dump truck. The dump truck seemed to be mostly intact.

The crash claimed the life of a student and a teacher.

The bus is owned by the Paramus Board of Education, the mayor added.

State police and the prosecutors in Morris County, which is where the accident happened, were conducting a joint investigation, officials said.

To Morristown Medical Center said that they brought the victims, but did not report either the number or condition.

Some of those injured are in critical condition and undergoing surgery, the governor said.

East Brook Middle School, located about 20 miles outside New York City, serves 650 students in the fifth through eighth grades.

One student, speaking outside Morristown Medical Center, described a truck hitting from behind before the bus flipped.

"The children were all over, outside", said Morris County Office Of Emergency Management Director Jeff Paul. "We also thank the first responders who did a tremendous job".

Paramus school officials said the borough's schools would be open Friday and that crisis counselors would be on hand.

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