The bus was part of a fifth-grade class trip to Waterloo Village, a historic site in Stanhope.
A Mendez-owned dump truck driven by a driver police say had a suspended license struck and killed a French fashion stylist in NY in January 2011, according to court records. About 30 minutes after their arrival, however, they were told they had to return to school due to bad weather. Two people, including and multiple people were injured in the crash. Children are seen in the median area away from the bus.
Robinson said that the district was cancelling school trips for the rest of the year.
"They were young kids", he said.
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.
Images from the chaotic scene in Mount Olive Township show the body of the bus shorn from its frame and pushed into a median guardrail, resting at an angle.
There is no federal requirement for seat belts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them.
Waterloo Village is a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port along the Morris Canal in northwestern New Jersey. "It's just a frightful, terrible scene", one woman said.
NBCAnother shot of the scene of the accident in New Jersey
State police say that an unknown number of children were on the bus and multiple victims have been sent to the hospital. The student says that the other children were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
What happened in the New Jersey school bus crash?
The bus that crashed on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Thursday morning was from the Paramus school district.
Students say that numerous children were crying at their lockers when they heard about that happened.
"It's a horrific scene", Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Bergen Record.
WNBC cites law enforcement sources who say at least one person is dead.
It appears as though the bus struck the end of a guard rail, just past an opening that allows emergency vehicles to move between sides of the roadway.
An 11-year-old boy sitting in the fourth row of the bus told News 4, "I heard like a scraping noise and then the bus tilted over, and a lot of people were screaming". Two people have suffered life-threatening injuries but the extent of the others is not known.
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