What started out as an educational yet joyous trip, ended up being a disastrous one as one of the school bus was involved in a horrific crash.
An American school bus carrying fifth graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey interstate Thursday, killing a student and a teacher, and injuring more than 40 others, officials said.
The accident happened at 10.21 AM (06: 21 PM IST) in Mount Olive, about 80 kilometres west of New York. The bus had been taking the school children to Waterloo village on a class outdoor education trip.
There were 45 people on board – seven adults and 38 students. Two were killed and the other 43 were taken to a hospital, some of them critically injured and undergoing surgery, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said.
The bus was one of three transporting fifth graders from East Brook Middle School in Paramus on the field trip to a historic site- the Waterloo Village, which is 5 miles from the site.
“We are devastated by today’s event,” Paramus public school superintendent Michele Robinson told a news conference.
The precise cause of the accident was not immediately clear.
The driver of the dump truck, with which the school bus collided, was also in hospital, officials said.
2 other buses that were a part of the trip had already reached their destination when the crash details were known. Citing bad weather the trip was cut short. The children only came to know of the accident after they reached the school.
Waterloo Village is a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port along the Morris Canal in north-western New Jersey. It features several historic homes, a blacksmith shop, general store and more.