Investigators probe cause of school bus, dump truck crash that killed 2

Courtesy CBS New York

A student and teacher were killed Thursday in New Jersey when the school bus they were travelling in was involved in an accident with a dump truck, authorities said.

The school bus was left on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive on Thursday with its front end crushed or ripped off.

More than 40 others were injured, some critically, and were taken to local hospitals, Murphy told reporters.

The approximately 44-mile drive from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village should make for a simple ride - no long, winding trek along the state's backroads or navigating jammed city blocks.

Video show this school bus, one of three driving to a class trip, missing the exit for its destination, Waterloo Village.

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. Emblazoned on the back of the truck: "In God we trust". The dump truck driver's condition was not immediately clear. The children were wearing seat belts, police said.

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There were seven adults, including the driver, and 38 students on board the bus, according to Murphy.

"People were screaming and some were hanging from their seatbelts", said the boy, who was among the 21 passengers taken to Morristown Medical Center; he was later released.

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

Hackettstown Medical Center had 10 patients from the crash. Gov. Philip D. Murphy said the state police and the Morris County prosecutor's office were investigating the crash, which a police official said was standard after a wreck of such severity.

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. "But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see". The school canceled all after-school activities for the week and all field trips for the remainder of the school year.

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