UPDATE 4:15 p.m. (EST):
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors said “multiple” people were killed in Thursday morning’s crash but haven’t revealed how many. A student aboard the bus told the news outlet that he believed something hit a vehicle behind the bus. He recalled hearing a “scraping sound” before the bus “toppled over.”
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told HLN that there were possible ejections in Thursday’s crash. The student also told AP that passengers were left “hanging from their seat belts.”
Police said at least two people died Thursday morning when a bus full of middle school students collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway.
Sources told WNBC that a student and adult chaperone were killed in the crash that occurred at 10:20 a.m. crash on Route 80 near exit 25 in Mount Olive Township. The station reported that the bus’s undercarriage was ripped completely off and the bus was spotted on its side in the median.
ROUTE 18 ramps closed and detoured both directions at Exit 7 – Brighton Av (Wall Twp) due to incident investigation. Use caution, use alternate routes.
— NJDOT (@NJDOT_info) May 17, 2018
An official told the local station that the bus had come from East Brook Middle School in Paramus. A school calendar reportedly indicated that Thursday was a scheduled class trip to Waterloo Village in Stanhope.
Reports indicated that about 40 people were aboard the bus Thursday morning. While their conditions are not known at this point in time, New Jersey State Police Tropper Alejandro Goez told the New York Daily News that multiple people suffered serious injuries and that more information will be released this afternoon.
Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital and Dover Hospital have reportedly received 10 patients while St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson has two. Morristown Medical Center and Hackettstown have also admitted patients but it’s not immediately known how many.
NorthJersey.com reported that police K9s were spotted searching nearby woods at 12:30 p.m.
The newspaper reported that East Brook Middle School students were released early at about noon.
This is a developing story. Be sure to check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available.
[Featured image: Chrissy Oleszek via AP]