'Everybody injured' in fatal New Jersey school bus crash

This image taken from WABC-TV video shows an overturned school bus after it collided with a dump truck injuring multiple people on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday

Zainab Qureshi, 11, told The Record she was on one of the two buses not involved in the crash.

The crash occurred at about 10:20 a.m.in Mount Olive Township in northern New Jersey's Morris County, Governor Phil Murphy told a news conference.

A large red dumper truck, also with a mangled front, was at the side of the road.

The Paramus School District says the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site near the crash scene.

Some patients are in critical condition and undergoing surgery, Murphy said.

- A school bus and a dump truck were involved in a crash on Route 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey Thursday morning, according to NJ State Police.

"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking around", said student Alejandro Garcia.

K-9 units were seen searching wooded areas near the crash scene, NBC 4 NY reported.

The bus was owned by the school district and had seat belts, according to Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson. The buses returned to the school after the crash.

He said some students evacuated through the emergency exit on the vehicle's roof while others scrambled out of windows.

School Bus Dump Truck Crash
A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday

Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, said she rushed to the school where her son was taking a test after hearing the news.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed multiple deaths, though it's not clear how many or how old the victims were.

He said 45 students were on the bus when it collided on Interstate 80 and that "everybody was injured".

The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents involving buses, was gathering information on the crash but was not investigating the collision, the agency said on Twitter. "It's a horrific scene".

The school is located about 22 miles from New York City.

The school's fifth-grade class was heading to Waterloo Village in Stanhope for a class trip when one of the three buses collided with a dump truck near Exit 25 in Mount Olive. He calls the crash a "tragedy".

The front end of the bus was severed from the vehicle and the body of the bus was separated from its chassis, which remained on the highway.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia says that fellow students who had brothers and sisters on the bus started crying after news of the crash reached the school.

Parents tell News 12 New Jersey that the scene at the school was chaotic as parents and loved ones tried to get news about their children who were on the trip.

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