Teacher, student killed in bus crash

Arturo Kim
May 18, 2018

The bus, which was carrying 38 students and seven adults from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, crashed around 10:20 a.m. on Route 80 near exit 25 in Mount Olive Township, Gov. Phil Murphy said at an emotional news conference in Paramus Thursday.

The front end of the bus was severed from the vehicle and the body of the bus was separated from its chassis, which remained on the highway.

A red dump trump with a crushed front end was parked nearby along the highway.

"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by state police".

Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum, who saw the aftermath of the highway crash from an overpass, described the scene as "horrific". The children were wearing seat belts, police said.

At least two canine units were searching the woods along the roadside yesterday afternoon, but it wasn't clear why. "Morristown Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Hackettstown Medical Center are treating the injured passengers".

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Did the driver miss the exit that the two other buses seem likely to have taken, given the fact that they reached Waterloo Village?

Morristown Medical Center spokesperson 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. She said they were being evaluated and treated, but she did not have ages or conditions. "The kids were obviously freaked out".

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007 to 2016, the previous year for which data is available.

Two other buses from the same school were also on a trip to Waterloo Village, a restored 19th-century town.

Paramus school officials said the borough's schools would be open Friday and that crisis counselors would be on hand.

A sign posted outside the school informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents involving buses, was gathering information but was not investigating the collision, it said on Twitter.

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