Two dead in New Jersey school bus crash

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An unknown number of children were on the bus at the time of the 10 am crash, said State Police, who reported that the bus was carrying fifth graders on a field trip when it collided with a dump truck on Thursday morning.

The bus was among a group of three transporting students to Waterloo Village, a history site about five miles from the scene of the crash, for a fifth-grade class trip.

Besides the two fatalities, there are a few critically injured.

The accident happened on Route 80, near exit 25 in Mount Olive.

The school bus was on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive and the front end of the bus appeared to be crushed or ripped off. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back and an escape hatch on the roof.

All 45 people on the bus and the driver of the dump truck were rushed to hospitals, many in serious condition.

Waterloo Village is a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port along the Morris Canal in northwestern New Jersey.

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The bus was one of three buses that went on the trip; the other two returned to the school.

Students at East Brook Middle School, a public school serving roughly 650 students in grades 5 through 8, were picked up early from school - they found out about the accident when other students were crying in the halls.

An 11-year-old boy sitting in the fourth row of the bus told News 4, "I heard like a scraping noise and then the bus tilted over, and a lot of people were screaming". A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement.

The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of NY. Messages left with the company weren't returned.

Mendez was fined $22,850 in 2016 for violating regulations on inspections, repairs and maintenance and post-crash drug and alcohol testing, according to the FMCSA.

Also it is not known how many of them were injured. Currently, the national Commission on safety of traffic of the U.S. collects information about the accident.

"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking around", said student Alejandro Garcia.

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