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A school bus and a dump truck were involved in a serious accident Thursday morning in Mount Olive Township in Morris County, New Jersey, according to the township’s mayor and a verified tweet from New Jersey State Police.
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum, who saw the aftermath of the crash from an overpass, described the scene as “horrific.” He told HLN Thursday there were possible ejections in the crash.
Jay Faltings, who drove past the scene about five minutes after the crash, told HLN he saw children being rescued from the wreckage. He said the front of the dump truck appeared to have been sheared off and the school bus was “ripped off its frame” after hitting a guardrail and flipping over.
“It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” he said.
Faltings said first responders appeared to have removed the children from the scene.
“They were young kids,” he said. “But luckily, first responders, everybody there helped get all the kids out safely from what we could see… The kids were obviously freaked out.”
The bus is owned by the Paramus Board of Education, the mayor added. A secretary in the Paramus School Board superintendent’s office told CNN there will be a statement soon.
All lanes of Interstate 80 have been shut down.
The National Transportation Safety Board is gathering information on the crash, a spokesman said.
Morristown Medical Center spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich said they have received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children.
About 10 victims were taken to St. Clare’s Dover Hospital and St. Clare’s Denville Hospital, according to Communications Director Patty Montgomery. She said they were being evaluated and treated, but she did not have ages or conditions.