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1 student, 1 teacher dead after school bus filled with children ripped apart in collision with dump


Multiple injuries have been reported school bus filled with middle school students collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway. (Magdeline Bassett/Asbury Park Press via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa)

A packed school bus was ripped apart after it collided with a dump truck, leaving one student and a teacher dead Thursday, officials said.

Dozens more were injured in the Morris County, New Jersey crash.

All forty-five passengers, including 38 students and 7 adults, were taken to area hospitals, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said at a press conference.

Some patients were in critical condition and were undergoing surgery, according to the governor. The victims' identities were not released.

Harrowing images from the scene show officials tending to school children on the side of Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township, New Jersey.

Emergency vehicles surrounded the rolled-over bus, whose undercarriage, including its wheels, was completely sheared off. Its front cab was mangled and separated from the body of the bus.

The Paramus Board of Education bus was shuttling East Brook Middle School students to Waterloo Village for a field trip. The restored historic site features a working mill complex, general store, blacksmith shop and historic houses, according to the New Jersey department of parks and forests.

New Jersey State Police said it was investigating a "serious MVA westbound on I-80 @ MP 25 in Mount Olive Twp, Morris County involving a school bus and a dump truck."

Student Theo Ancevski, 11, was on the bus when the accident took place.

"The bus flew off of the wheels and it hit the metal thing on the side of the highway, so then it tipped to the left and a lot of people injured themselves," he told MyCentralJersey.com.

He said students exited the bus through its windows and the emergency exit on the roof.

Culled from NY Daily News

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