Student, Adult Dead After School Bus Torn Apart on Interstate 80
MOUNT OLIVE — At least two people have died after a school bus carrying fifth-grade students collided with a dump truck Thursday morning on Interstate 80.
One student from the East Brook Middle School in Paramus and an adult aboard the bus, which was carrying students on a trip to Waterloo Village, were killed by the crash in the westbound lanes near Exit 25.
At least 10 people in the crash were hospitalized.
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum called the crash a "horrific scene."
The crash tore the bus' cabin from its chassis. The part of the bus that carries passengers overturned in the median and its front end was sheared off.
A 911 call recorded a dispatcher requesting 20 ambulances.
"I have a full school bus and I have victims on the ground. I have one child CPR in progress," the dispatcher said.
State Police have not disclosed how many people were involved in the collision. Additional details about the crash would be revealed at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
"Our hearts are broken by today’s tragedy," Gov Phil Murphy said in a message on his Twitter account. He was going to the East Brook Middle School to be briefed by emergency management personnel.
Interstate 80 westbound lanes remained closed Thursday afternoon.