- The crash of a dump truck and school bus taking middle school students on a field trip claimed at least two lives Thursday and sent 43 people to area hospitals.
One of those killed was a teacher and the other was a student, according to officials.
The chassis is the "base frame of a motor vehicle", and NBC 4 in NY reports that the school bus had its ripped off entirely during the accident.
"This is a bad, awful day to Paramus, and we're just looking around right now", said Richard Labarbiera (Richard LaBarbiera), the mayor of Paramus, who was at the crash site.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said the driver of the truck was alive and being treated at a hospital, but officials did not reveal his condition.
"A lot of people (inside the bus) were screaming and they were like, hanging from their seat belts".
The crash happened just before 10:30 a.m. on I-80 West in Mount Olive Township, with the bus ending up on its side in the grass median. Qureshi said students on the other buses didn't find out about the crash until they arrived back at school.
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A school bus after it collided with a dump truck, injuring multiple people in New Jersey.
"Our hearts are broken by today's tragedy", Murphy said in a tweet. News 12 New Jersey looked into safety records for the school district and found that Paramus has an exemplary record.
Mendez Trucking has about 40 drivers and trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
A message left with the company Thursday wasn't immediately returned.
But Mendez drivers do well on their driving tests. Laurence Renard was severed in half by the truck, which was hauling tons of material for the Second Avenue Subway project. They did not release more details about the incident.
The company also had to pay a $22,000 fine in 2016 for three inspection violations.
Of those killed, 68 were passengers - including 58 school-age children - and 50 were drivers. He says he thinks something hit a vehicle behind the bus.