Multiple people died after a school bus traveling to a field trip collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway on Thursday.
The collision between the school bus and dump truck caused multiple “fatalities,” the Morris County prosecutor’s office said, according to the Associated Press. It is unclear how many people died.
The collision occurred along Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey. The bus’s front end appeared to have torn off, and its undercarriage was ripped away. The red dump truck that collided with the bus was registered with Mendez Trucking, and appeared to have a mangled front end.
“It’s a horrific scene,” Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Bergen Record.
The school bus was traveling from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, located about five miles from where the crash occurred, according to Paramus Public School. The bus was one of three taking students on the field trip. The two other buses were not involved in the crash and sent back tot he school.
Here’s what to know about the school bus crash so far.
What happened in the New Jersey school bus crash?
A school bus traveling from East Brook Middle School with an unknown number of children collided with a red dump truck along Interstate 80 on Thursday morning. Two people, including and multiple people were injured in the crash.
The students were on the way to Waterloo Village from the middle school when the collision happened.
The collision between the bus and dump truck caused the school bus to rip apart, tearing off the front end and undercarriage. The dump truck’s front end was also mangled.
Where did the New Jersey school bus crash occur?
The school bus and dump truck collided on I-80, west of exit 25 in Mount Olive, New Jersey, NJ.com reported. An aerial map view shows the crash occurred:
How many people were injured in the New Jersey school bus crash?
Multiple people were injured in the collision, though it was not immediately clear how many. A spokesperson for Hackettstown Police Department said some patients involved in the crash were taken to Hackettstown Medical Center. NorthJersey.com reports others were taken to Morristown Medical Center.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is gathering information about the crash.
New Jersey State Police are investigating the collision.