Investigators are working to determine why a school bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and tipped over on a busy New Jersey highway, killing a student and a teacher.
The school bus is said to have fallen at Route 80 near Mount Olive Township, which is about 50 miles west of New York City. Forty-three people aboard the bus were injured and taken to the hospital, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said during a news conference Thursday afternoon.
At least 45 people were injured, some in critical condition and undergoing surgery in local hospitals.
The Paramus school system said that the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, about five miles from the crash scene.
Two officials briefed on the crash told ABC News that authorities are investigating whether the school bus driver made illegal U-turn before the deadly crash.
At the scene, the school bus appeared to be separated from its undercarriage, northjersey.com reported.
Multiple Injuries Reported after School Bus, Dump Truck Collide in New Jersey
Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson said the district was canceling school trips for the rest of the year. Emblazoned on the back of the truck: "In God we trust". It is unknown how many children were on the bus. Qureshi said students on the other buses didn't find out about the crash until they arrived back at school. Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive and at the hospital, but officials didn't reveal his condition.
One student, speaking outside Morristown Medical Center, described a truck hitting from behind before the bus flipped.
Paramus school officials said the borough's schools would be open Friday and that crisis counselors would be on hand.
"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by state police".
Morristown Medical Center spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich said they have received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children. "But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see".
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