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Driver of school bus that killed student and teacher previously had license suspended 14 times: Police

The driver of a school bus that was transporting 38 students and seven faculty members to a field trip when it collided with a dump truck, killing a 10-year-old girl and 51-year-old teacher in New Jersey, has a slew of license suspensions and speeding violations on his record, according to court documents.

The bus driver, identified to CBS News by his son as 77-year-old Paterson resident Hudy Muldrow Sr., had his license suspended a whopping 14 times between 1975 and 2017, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Though the suspensions were mainly due to administrative reasons, Muldrow also racked up eight speeding violations between 1975 and 2001.

The crash killed 5th grader Miranda Vargas, along with her teacher, Jennifer Williamson. 

Despite his previous suspensions, Muldrow held a commercial drivers license and a school bus endorsement at the time of Thursday’s crash, said Mairin Bellack, a spokeswoman for the state Motor Vehicle Commission, according to NJ.com.

According to video footage obtained by the media outlet, the bus turned sharply toward an illegal U-turn area before colliding with the dump truck.

The footage reportedly shows the bus, one of three taking students from the same school on the field trip, missing the exit. Once the driver apparently realized the mistake, he cut across lanes of traffic trying to make a U-turn designated only for emergency vehicles.

At this point, the dump truck travelling in the same direction attempts to swerve in order to avoid hitting the bus, but subsequently slammed into it. NJ.com cited the size of the bus along with the “fully loaded dump truck” as making the collision impossible to avoid.

The investigation into the horrifying crash is still underway; a conclusion has not been reached. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available. 

[Feature Photo: Jennifer Williamson and Miranda Vargas/ Facebook; Al Heitzer & Marrocco Memorial Chapel]