School bus ripped apart in truck crash, killing 2

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

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

The crash left the bus ly­ing on its side on the guardrail of In­ter­state 80 in Mount Olive, its un­der­car­riage and front end sheared off and its steer­ing wheel ex­posed. Some of the vic­tims crawled out of the emer­gency exit in the back and an es­cape hatch on the roof. More than 40 peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tals.

“I heard a scrap­ing sound and we top­pled over the high­way,” said fifth-grade stu­dent Theo Ancevski, who was sit­ting in the fourth row of the bus and was treated at a hos­pi­tal for cuts and scrapes. “A lot of peo­ple were scream­ing and hang­ing from their seat­belts.”

New Jer­sey Gov. Phil Mur­phy said one adult and one stu­dent were killed. Their names had not been re­leased. Mur­phy said the truck driver was hos­pi­tal­ized, but of­fi­cials didn’t reveal his con­di­tion.

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