New Jersey School Bus Crash

Mack Rosenberg,WCBS 880

Teacher, Child Dead, 43 Others Injured, After School Bus, Dump Truck Crash In New Jersey

May 17, 2018 - 12:54 pm
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MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- A teacher and an elementary school student were confirmed dead Thursday, and 43 others were injured, after a school bus taking elementary school students on a field trip collided with a dump truck in Mount Olive.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said three Paramus Board of Education school buses were taking East Brook Middle School students on a field trip to Waterloo Village.

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At 10:21 a.m., one of the buses was in a serious crash involving a dump truck on westbound Interstate 80 near Exit 25 in Mount Olive, Murphy said.

There were 38 students and seven adults on the bus, including the driver, Murphy said.

Two people – an adult and a child – were confirmed dead, Murphy said. Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco confirmed that the victims were a teacher and a student.

"Our hearts are broken by today’s tragedy," Murphy said.

As WCBS 880's Mack Rosenberg reported, the bus was overturned onto its left side, and the front of the bus was destroyed. The dump truck was taken away from the site of the crash.

One picture appears to show several children being treated.

At East Brook Middle School, where parents were rushing to pick up their kids all afternoon.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, parents had stricken expressions on their faces as they talked about panic and heartbreak when they learned about the fatal crash.

Many of the parents got emails and some got phone calls, and many rushed over to the school.

Parents said the school is like a family, and the family was grieving.

Some students said they had no idea what was happening. They were sent to their homerooms and they saw their teachers crying, and they were on lockdown, but nobody told them what happened.

One father said he picked up his son, and as they left, he still didn’t know what was going on.

Pat Nicoletti was working as a substitute.

“Everyone’s pretty upset in there. We’re like a family, and a lot of sorrow, and we’re just trying to help each other out,” she said.

Crisis counselors will be at the school Friday morning to help the school community cope with the tragedy.

The crash closed all lanes of Route 80 in both directions. The right and center lanes on the eastbound side have since been reopened.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is not investigating the crash.

Anyone who had a child on the bus was asked to call Paramus police at (201) 262-3400.