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School bus crash in Mt. Olive Township, NJ, kills 2, injures 45

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A dump truck and the school bus crashed in the town of Mount Olive, according to Mayor Robert Greenbaum.

A red dump trump with a crushed front end was parked nearby along the highway.

The Paramus school district said in a statement that the students were headed to the Waterloo Village historic site about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the East Brook Middle School.

The bus was carrying middle school students from the town of Paramus when the incident took place, USA Today reports.

Additionally, authorities closed one Eastbound lane of Route 80.

A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. The bus was also detached from its chassis and a piece of the front end, with the steering wheel visible, was laying on top of the metal barrier separating the highway from the median.

Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum described the crash scene as "horrific".

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The school bus had markings for the Paramus School District.

The injured were being rushed to at least two area hospitals. Multiple people were taken to three hospitals.

Greenbaum said he received an emergency response notification that people were possibly ejected in the crash, though he couldn't say from which vehicles. "I believe both patients are schoolchildren", she said.

Local reporter Angelica Carillo said there were children on the bus at the time of the smash, and shared photos of the scene, with kids on the bus reported to have escaped through roof hatches.

NBC 4 reported that an spokesperson confirmed that Morristown Medical Center was also receiving patients, but would not say how many.

The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information on the crash, a spokesman said.

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