SCHOOL BUS COL­LIDES WITH DUMP TRUCK, KILLING TWO

Montreal Gazette - - WORLD -

A school bus tak­ing chil­dren to a field trip at a New Jer­sey historic site col­lided with a dump truck Thurs­day, rip­ping it apart and killing a teacher and stu­dent.

The school bus was on the me­dian of In­ter­state 80 in Mount Olive and the front end ap­peared to be crushed. It was also sheared off its un­der­car­riage and a piece of the front end of the bus with the steer­ing wheel vis­i­ble was ly­ing on top of the guardrail sep­a­rat­ing the high­way from the me­dian.

“I heard a scrap­ing sound and we top­pled over the high­way,” said stu­dent Theo Ancevski, who was treated for some cuts. “A lot of peo­ple were scream­ing and hang­ing from their seat­belts.”

A red dump truck with a man­gled front end was parked nearby, about 80 kilo­me­tres west of New York. Para­mus Pub­lic Schools said that the bus was tak­ing stu­dents from East Brook Mid­dle School to Water­loo Vil­lage, about eight kilo­me­tres from the crash scene.

Po­lice didn’t re­lease de­tails of how the crash hap­pened, but the truck­ing com­pany had a string of crashes in re­cent years and a higher than av­er­age rate of vi­o­la­tions that side­lined its ve­hi­cles, ac­cord­ing to fed­eral safety data.

There were 45 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 38 stu­dents, on the bus. Forty-three from the bus and the truck driver were taken to hos­pi­tal, some in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

BOB KARP / THE DAILY RECORD VIA AP

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