At least two people are dead after a full-size school bus with middle school students aboard collided with a dump truck on Route 80 in New Jersey.
One child and one teacher have been killed in a crash between a school bus and a truck in New Jersey.
Two were killed and the other 43 were taken to hospital, some of them critically injured and undergoing surgery, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said.
According to U.S. media, 10 people have been taken to the Hackettstown Medical Center, 10 have been taken to St Clare's Hospital and others have been taken to the Morristown Medical Center.
The bus was left on the median of the highway with its front end torn off, and the dump truck was left with a mangled front end.
Students on two other buses on the field trip returned to the school about 50 miles from the crash site and were reunited with their parents, said Paramus police commissioner Holly Tedesco.
Multiple ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions.
Theo Ancevski, 11, was on board the bus that crashed, he told the Record.
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The company whose dump truck was reportedly involved in the crash, Mendez Trucking, has violated a number of safety regulations in recent years, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Officials say they're investigating the cause of the deadly crash. Morristown Medical Center and Hackettstown also received patients, though it wasn't clear how many.
The bus contained fifth-graders from East Brook Middle School in Paramus.
"As somebody who has been a first responder for over 40 years, these are not the type of incidents you want to have to respond to", he said.
The school is located about 22 miles from New York City.
The students were on the way to Waterloo Village from the middle school when the collision happened.
The impact was so severe, the top half of the bus completely tore away from its chassis and went hurtling into the metal barriers on the side of the highway with students inside. She said they were being evaluated and treated, but she did not have ages or conditions.
There was no immediate word on injuries. Mount Olive township confirmed to a local paper that students from their district were not involved.
The school bus was on its side on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive with its front end sheared off.