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Bus driver charged in fatal highway collision

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A school bus driver with a history of driver’s license suspension­s caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway last week by crossing three lanes of traffic in an apparent attempt to make an illegal U-turn, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.

Authoritie­s charged Hudy Muldrow Sr., 77, with two counts of vehicular homicide in the deaths of student Miranda Vargas, 10, and teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51. More than 40 others were injured in the May 17 collision between the bus and a dump truck.

The bus was one of three carrying students and teachers from a middle school in Paramus on a field trip to a historic site in New Jersey, about 30 miles away.

Muldrow missed a turn, then merged onto Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, according to an affidavit filed by New Jersey State Police. He quickly crossed three lanes toward a break in the median reserved for emergency vehicles to attempt an illegal Uturn, the affidavit says.

The collision, about 45 miles west of New York City, sheared the bus from its wheelbase and crushed the front end of the dump truck. The bus wound up on top of the guardrail on the eastbound side of the highway.

Muldrow had his license suspended 14 times between 1975 and 2017, mostly for administra­tive reasons, according to state motor vehicle records. He also had eight speeding violations between 1975 and 2001.

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