Jay Faltings, who drove past the scene approximately five minutes after the crash, told HLN he saw children being rescued from the wreckage, according to CNN. At least one person died in the accident and several others are injured. A red dump truck with a mangled front end was parked along the highway nearby, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of NY.
The bus was carrying students from East Brook Middle School in Paramus.
The Democratic governor went to the scene.
A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday
"Our hearts are broken by today's tragedy", Gov. Phil Murphy said in a Facebook post after arriving at the school. It happened around 9:30 a.m. with a bus carrying middle school students from the Paramus school district.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately made clear. A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement.
The bus that crashed on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Thursday morning was from the Paramus school district. Family members tell Eyewitness News the bus was headed to Waterloo Village as part of a field trip for fifth graders.
A spokeswoman for Morristown Medical Center also said they received patients from the accident and about ten victims were taken to St. Clare's Dover Hospital and St. Clare's Denville Hospital, according to Communications Director Patty Montgomery. In an interview with WABC, Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum called the accident "horrific".
The crash shut traffic in both directions.
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