New Jersey School Bus Crash

Mack Rosenberg,WCBS 880

School Bus Driver Charged In Deadly Crash On Route 80 In New Jersey

May 24, 2018 - 1:12 pm

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- A school bus driver was charged Thursday in connection with a crash that killed a 10-year-old student and her teacher in Mount Olive, New Jersey last week.

Authorities said Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77, been charged with death by auto. WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported.

Muldrow, of Paterson, should never have been behind the wheel of a school bus, according to the New Jersey motor vehicle commission. Muldrow had his license suspended 14 times, has eight speeding tickets on his record, as well as one for careless driving.

The school bus was one of three headed out for a field trip to Waterloo Village for students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus last Thursday. The bus crashed into a dump truck on Route 80 in Mount Olive, killing student Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51, and injuring 43 others.

Video of the crash apparently shows the bus driver attempted a U-turn by turning from an access road across the interstate when it was hit by a dump truck. 

The video from the New Jersey Department of Transportation has not been made public, but a source who watched it tells CBS News the bus got off at the exit for Waterloo Village, where the students were heading on the field trip, but the driver made a wrong turn and headed back to Interstate 80, WCBS 880's Alex Silverman reported.

Then instead of merging onto the highway, he tried to make a sharp left from the access road across three lanes of traffic toward a turnaround that's restricted to official vehicles.

At that point, a dump truck traveling westbound crashed slammed into the rear of the bus, separating the cabin of the yellow bus from its chassis.

The National Transportation Safety Board is now suggesting to New Jersey and many states that only require lap belts also to require shoulder belts.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)