MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The New Jersey State Police is investigating a crash between a school bus carrying fifth-grade students and a dump truck, which killed two people and seriously injured several others earlier this morning, state police said.
Based on the preliminary investigation, at 10:20 a.m., a school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and 7 accompanying adults from East Brook Middle School entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206, state police said.
In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn, state police said.
As a result the crash, one adult and one student were killed, and a total of 43 people were injured and transported to area hospitals. Twenty-one victims were transported to Morristown Medical Center, 10 to Hackettstown Hospital, 4 to St. Clare’s Denville, 3 to St. Clare’s Dover, 3 to UMDNJ Newark, and 2 to St. Joseph’s in Paterson. Some patients are in critical condition, state police said.
Jennifer Williamson, 51, of Paramus, New Jersey died as a result of injuries sustained during this incident. Ms. Williamson was employed as a 5th grade teacher with the East Brook Middle School.
A female student, 10, whose name is not being released, also died as a result of injuries sustained during this incident. The female was a 5th grade student at the East Brook Middle School.
Multiple other individuals sustained injuries of varying severity as a result of this incident. No further information regarding the identity of those persons, or the severity of their injuries, is being released at this time.
This is preliminary information only, and the crash remains an active investigation by the New Jersey State Police and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. There is no additional information available at this time.