School bus and truck collide in deadly highway wreck
A school bus packed with kids on a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, killing a student and a teacher, officials said.
The deadly smash-up happened just before 10:30 a.m. on Route 80 near Exit 25 in Stanhope, ripping the undercarriage clean off the bottom of the bus as it came to rest on its side in the roadway’s median, horrifying photos show.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed that a student and an educator had been killed, but he declined to immediately release their identities. 44 others were injured, Murphy said.
Some of the survivors were in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Murphy said.
The bus was bound from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to a field trip at Waterloo Village, a historic site in Byram, NJ.
The survivors were rushed to at least four area hospitals, officials said.
The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information about the crash, a spokesman said.