Two dead, many injured in New Jersey school bus, dump truck crash

HORROR IN NJ: School Bus & Dump Truck Collide On Route 80; Fatalities Reported, Many Injured

As investigators probe what caused a deadly wreck Thursday morning involving a Paramus school bus one central question has emerged: Why was the bus - one of three shuttling 38 fifth-graders and six chaperones - past the Route 80 exit for Waterloo when it crashed?

"The bus flew off the wheels and it hit the metal thing on the side of the highway". The governor said the students were on their way to a field trip.

NorthJersey.com is citing "multiple sources" in reporting that one person died in the crash.

The crash occurred around 10 a.m. on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Township.

The school bus was left on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive on Thursday with its front end crushed or ripped off.




Did the driver miss the exit that the two other buses seem likely to have taken, given the fact that they reached Waterloo Village?

According to officials, at least 11 people were hospitalized with serious injuries, including one person in critical condition.

The operator of the dump truck, Mendez Trucking, had 33 units that drive 1.9 million miles (3.1 million km) in total in 2017 and had been involved in seven crashes over the past two years, U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration records showed.

The students - fifth-graders at East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey - were on the way to a field trip at the time of the collision, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at a news conference from the middle school. Messages left with the company weren't returned. The company has an out-of-service rate of 37.9 percent, higher than the national average of 20.7 percent. Mendez trucks have racked up more than 130 violations in the last two years, according to FMCSA, including 27 for excessive weight, 17 for leaking, spilling or falling cargo and four speeding violations - three of them this year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007-2016, the previous year for which data is available. Porter reported from Morristown and Sisak reported from Philadelphia.

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