- Multiple people were hurt after a school bus and a dump truck were involved in a crash on Route 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey Thursday morning, according to police. The Paramus school district says the bus was taking students on Thursday from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site near the crash scene.
Rescue workers can be seen administering aid to dozens of children injured in a horrific school bus crash on Route 80. "In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn".
Students at East Brook Middle School, a public school serving roughly 650 students in grades 5 through 8, were picked up early from school - they found out about the accident when other students were crying in the halls. 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. Numerous injured are still in area hospitals for treatment or surgery.
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.
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.
There were 45 people, including 38 students, on the bus.
Police have not released detailed information, but the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said several people were killed.
Two other buses in the field trip convoy also carrying fifth-graders on the same trip returned to Paramus, officials said.
Authorities would not say if they believe the driver was attempting to make an illegal turn on the highway before the crash. "You hear the name of the school.", she said before trailing off.
Mendez Trucking has about 40 drivers and trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Of those killed, 68 were passengers - including 58 school-age children - and 50 were drivers.