Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that a school bus holding students from Paramus, New Jersey crashed into a dump truck this morning, flipping over the median on Route I-80. The bus crashed roughly 40 miles from the school. Multiple students were injured in the crash, and traffic has stopped in both directions.
The New Jersey State Police released a short statement on the crash, calling it a very “serious” accident. It was confirmed by authorities that all of the students survived the collision, but gave no additional information.
The bus was full of East Brook Middle School students at the time of the crash. It was found that the school’s calendar had a fifth-grade field trip planned to Waterloo Village, located in Sussex County. Sussex County is located in the northwest part of the state. The Paramus superintendent and the school board were not available to comment on the matter.
Paramus’s mayor, Richard LaBarbiera, made his way to the scene of the crash. He explained, “It’s a terrible, terrible day for Paramus, and we’re just sorting through everything right now.”
The Mayor would not answer any further questions regarding the status of the injured victims, and he gave no further details.
He did say, however, “The only thing I am going to say is pray for East Brook and pray for Paramus.”
An Atlantic Health System spokeswoman explained that both Morristown Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center had taken in patients from the collision. She did not give details about the ages of the students being treated or information about the severity of these patients’ injuries.
Photographs that were taken of the horrific scene were posted on Twitter. The school bus can be seen laying on its side, clearly having flipped, making its way onto the I-8o divider. The cabin of the bus appears to be twisted.
It was reported that the crash took place at approximately 10:30 a.m. The school bus was traveling West close to Exit 25 at the time of the accident. The crash is being monitored by the National Transportation Safety Board. Governor Philip D. Murphy was briefed on the incident and is currently speaking with State Police officers who responded to the crash.
Take a look at the CBS report below: