Faltings said the front of the dump truck appeared to have been sheared off and the school bus was "ripped off its frame" after hitting a guardrail and flipping over. Holly Tedesco, Paramus Council President, said at a brief news conference that 5th graders on the two other buses heading to Waterloo Village have since returned to their respective schools.
Theo Ancevski said he was sitting in the fourth row from the front of the bus. "A lot of people were screaming and hanging from their seat belts".
The collision between the school bus and dump truck caused multiple "fatalities", the Morris County prosecutor's office said in a statement.
Authorities say multiple people have been injured and hospitalized.
Police didn't release details of how the crash happened, but the trucking company had a string of crashes in recent years and a higher than average rate of violations that sidelined its vehicles, according to federal safety data.
Multiple Injuries Reported In School Bus Crash In Mount Olive, New Jersey
Police have said they are investigating a "serious" accident. "I can only describe it as horrific", Greenbaum said. A school bus and a truck have collided on a New Jersey interstate, leaving an unknown number of people injured.
At least two canine units were searching the woods along the roadside Thursday afternoon, but it wasn't clear why.
Mendez was fined $22,850 in 2016 for violating regulations on inspections, repairs and maintenance and post-crash drug and alcohol testing, according to the FMCSA. Its trucks have been in seven crashes in the last two years, none of them fatal, according to FMCSA.
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The yellow school bus was left on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive on Thursday with its front end crushed or ripped off.
The bus landed on its side in the median with heavy damage to the front end. The red dump truck that collided with the bus was registered with Mendez Trucking, and appeared to have a mangled front end.
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Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus was leaving the school with her eighth-grade son Victor Nguyen who was back at the school taking a standardized test and not in the bus.
The Paramus (puh-RAM'-uhs) school district says the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site near the crash scene.
"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by state police. I can only describe it as horrific", Greenbaum said.
A school bus traveling from East Brook Middle School with an unknown number of children collided with a red dump truck along Interstate 80 on Thursday morning. The accident involved a school bus, said Hackettstown Police Sgt. Darren Tynan.
Gisela Aultmon, transportation co-ordinator for the district, said she was busy fielding calls from parents and could not answer questions from reporters. Qureshi said students on the other buses didn't find out about the crash until they arrived back at school.
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The official could not confirm how many people were injured, what their ages are or how severe the injuries are. "Morristown Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Hackettstown Medical Center are treating the injured passengers". "And as we stand here, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them as they recover in the hospital as the governor said".