A school bus carrying fifth graders on a field trip was ripped apart as it collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey interstate highway Thursday morning, according to New Jersey State Police.
People involved in the accident on Route 80 were taken to at least three area hospitals.
Images from the chaotic scene in Mount Olive Township show the body of the bus shorn from its frame and pushed into a median guardrail, resting at an angle. The front end of the bus appears to have been crushed in the wreck.
About 40 students and adults were on board, local news station WABC-TV reported. The bus came from East Brook Middle School and was heading to a field trip at Waterloo Village, a historical site, according to a Facebook post from Paramus Public Schools.
Injured passengers were taken to Morristown Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Hackettstown Medical Center, according to the school district.
St. Joseph’s received two patients, a spokeswoman said, but she would not comment on their conditions. A spokeswoman for Atlantic Health confirmed that patients were taken to the company’s Morristown and Hackettstown centers, but would not elaborate.
K-9 units were seen searching wooded areas near the crash scene, NBC 4 New York reported.
Mount Olive Township Rob Greenbaum called the scene “horrific” in an interview with the USA Today Network. Jeanne Weber, a Paramus city council member, told the network she felt “absolutely sick” about the crash.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy arrived at East Brook Middle School Thursday afternoon to offer his support.
“Our hearts are broken by today’s tragedy,” he said over Twitter.
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