'Horrific' school bus crash in New Jersey

Truck company involved in deadly school bus crash has checkered past

A teacher and student on a school field trip were killed Thursday when a school bus collided with a dump truck and flipped over in Mount Olive Township in Morris County, New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said.

The bus, carrying 38 students aged between 10 and 11, and seven adults, were from East Brook Middle School.

Two other buses in the field trip convoy also carrying fifth-graders on the same trip returned to Paramus, officials said. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back of the bus and an escape hatch on the roof. Numerous injured are still in area hospitals for treatment or surgery.

The approximately 44-mile drive from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to Waterloo Village should make for a simple ride - no long, winding trek along the state's backroads or navigating jammed city blocks. A fifth-grade class trip from the district was scheduled for Waterloo Village, a historic site about 5 miles away from the crash scene. "Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them as they recover", Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said.

Two other buses not involved in the accident returned to the school, and students were being dismissed.

Morristown Medical Center spokesperson Elaine Andrecovich said they have received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children. "A lot of people were screaming and hanging from their seatbelts".

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The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles west of NY.

Paramus school officials said the borough's schools would be open Friday and that crisis counselors would be on hand.

Mendez Trucking has about 40 drivers and trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Jay Faltings, who drove past the scene approximately five minutes after the crash, told HLN he saw children being rescued from the wreckage, according to CNN.

After gathering information about the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said it would not be investigating what happened.

"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking around", said student Alejandro Garcia.

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