The scene of a school bush crash on Route 80 in Mount Olive.

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Teacher, Child Dead After School Bus Collides With Dump Truck In Mount Olive

May 17, 2018 - 12:59 pm

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- A teacher and an elementary school pupil were killed Thursday morning, when a school bus collided with a dump truck on Route 80 in Mount Olive.

As 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported, to call the crash an accident did not adequately describe the horrific scene. The impact ripped the school bus apart.

“The top of the bus came apart from the drive train of the bus, which is still in the three lanes of westbound traffic on Route 80,” said Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum.

The dump truck finally came to a stop several hundred yards away.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said three Paramus Board of Education school buses were taking East Brook Middle School students on a field trip to Waterloo Village.

At 10:21 a.m., one of the buses was in a serious crash involving a dump truck on westbound Interstate 80 near Exit 25 in Mount Olive, Murphy said.

There were 38 students and seven adults on the bus, including the driver, Murphy said.

Two people – an adult and a child – were confirmed dead, Murphy said. Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco confirmed that the victims were a teacher and a student.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families – the teachers, the counselors, the staff,” Murphy said.

"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by State Police. It's a horrific scene,'' Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Record.

Some 10 victims were taken to St. Clare's Dover and St. Clare's Denville.

Back at East Brook Middle School, children and parents were shocked and crestfallen.

“I’m scared for my friends that were on the bus,” said one 11-year-old boy named Gabriel, who was on one of the other two buses on the field trip. “I was on bus three. The car crash was with bus two.”

Gabriel told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon he didn’t know anything had happened to bus two until the buses turned around and came back to school and their parents picked them up.

“I just, I lost it and just came running here, that’s all. And when I found out he was on that bus, of course, you’re feeling relieved, but I know all his classmates, and my heart goes out. You know, it’s like they’re one of mine,” said one mother who got the call about the accident.

She said there is another field trip coming up in a couple of weeks, and she does not want to send her son.

Route 80 was shut down in both directions near exit 25 after the crash.