Student, teacher killed, 43 injured in US bus crash

Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, May 17, 2018. — Reuters pic
Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, May 17, 2018. — Reuters pic

NEW YORK, May 18 — An American school bus carrying fifth graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey interstate yesterday, killing a student and a teacher, and injuring more than 40 others, officials said.

The accident happened at 10:21am in Mount Olive, about 80km 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 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 class trip.

“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. — AFP

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