A school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a garbage truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said that one adult and one student were killed. Morristown Medical Center spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich told the AP the hospital has received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children.
A red dump truck with a mangled front end was parked along the highway nearby, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of NY. Students on two other buses on the field trip returned to the school about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the crash site and were reunited with their parents.
The Paramus (puh-RAM'-uhs) school district says the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site near the crash scene.
"From what I saw, the red truck was destroyed, but the bus appeared worse", Manuel Absalon, a tourist from Mexico driving by the crash site, told WNBC-TV.
National Transportation Safety Board officials said the agency is not investigating the crash, after earlier tweeting it was gathering information on the crash.
Numerous people could be seen gathered at the median, along with many emergency responders. She said they're being evaluated and treated, but she does not have ages or conditions.
The names of the teacher and student killed in the Interstate 80 crash were not released.
East Brook Middle School is home to fifth to eighth grade pupils.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007-2016, the past year for which data is available.
The school is located about 22 miles from New York City. "Students will be dismissed from school". There is no federal requirement for seat belts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them.
The collision between the bus and dump truck caused the school bus to rip apart, tearing off the front end and undercarriage. Two people have suffered life-threatening injuries but the extent of the others is not known. A piece of the front end, with the steering wheel visible, was laying on top of the metal barrier separating the highway from the median.
The New Jersey State Department of Health's disaster team was on the scene to assist with family reunification and counseling.