A packed school bus was ripped apart after it collided with a dump truck, leaving at least one student and one adult dead Thursday, according to reports and officials.
Dozens of people were injured in the Morris County, New Jersey crash, according to NBC New York.
Harrowing images from the scene show officials tending to school children on the side of Route 80 near Hackettstown.
Emergency vehicles surrounded the rolled-over bus, whose undercarriage, including its wheels, appears to have been completely sheared off. Its front cab was mangled and separated from the body of the bus.
The Paramus Board of Education-owned bus was shuttling East Brook Middle School students to Waterloo Village for a field trip, according to northjersey.com. The restored historic site features a working mill complex, general store, blacksmith shop and historic houses, according to the New Jersey department of parks and forests.
New Jersey State Police said it was investigating a “serious MVA westbound on I-80 @ MP 25 in Mount Olive Twp, Morris County involving a school bus and a dump truck.”
Multiple people suffered serious injuries, New Jersey State Police Tpr. Alejandro Goez told the Daily News. More information will be released this afternoon, he said.
Morristown Medical Center confirmed it had received patients from the crash, but did not release their ages or conditions.
The accident shut down Route 80 in both directions near Exit 25, according to the Roxbury Police Department.
Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia, a student at East Brook Middle School, said his classmates started sobbing when they heard the news. Many of them had younger brothers and sisters on the bus, he told Northjersey.com.
Paramus council president Holly Tedesco said that crisis counselors would be on hand to meet with East Brook Middle school students at a press conference.
“This is devastation for our community,” she said.
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum described the scene as “horrific” and told HLN that bodies may have been ejected from the bus.