School Bus & Dump Truck Collide During Field Trip & the Photos Are Terrifying

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At approximately 10:20 this morning a school bus on its way to a field trip collided with a dump truck on an interstate in New Jersey, leaving at least one student and one adult chaperone dead.

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All lanes of I-80 were shut down after the accident, which left the school bus on its side in the median. It's unclear what caused the collision, but the impact was so strong that the undercarriage of the bus, with all four wheels still attached, was separated from the rest of the vehicle. According to reports, at least 45 people were injured. Mount Olive mayor Rob Greenbaum, who was at the scene, told CNN it was "horrific."

The bus, which was carrying an unknown number of students, was one of three heading to Waterloo Village in Stanhope, New Jersey, for a fifth-grade field trip. Students were from nearby East Brook Middle School in Paramus.

According to NBC 4 New York, the students on the other two buses were told they had to leave 10 minutes after arriving at Waterloo Village due to an incoming storm. They were not told about the accident until they arrived back at school.

At least 10 patients were sent to nearby hospitals, and one child and one adult from the bus have been confirmed dead thus far. Mayor Greenbaum told CNN that he received reports that people were ejected from vehicles, but he did not know which vehicles or the number of people. NBC also reported that cadaver dogs were seen searching the woods near the interstate.

There is no word on the condition of the driver of the dump truck.

Updated May 18, 2017, to reflect new information:

According to CBS News, officials said the bus driver made an illegal U-turn after missing an exit, before the deadly collusion. In addition to the student and teacher who were killed, 43 others where injured. However, one child also had to be placed in a medically induced coma. 

"A lot of people were screaming. And they were hanging from their seat belts…" 11-year-old Theo Ancevski told CBS News. "A few people got out of the windows and they got out of the emergency exit on the top of the roof."

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