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1 teacher, 1 student killed in school bus, dump truck crash on I-80

MORRIS COUNTY, N.J. - New Jersey officials say one teacher and one student have been killed in a school bus crash on I-80 Thursday morning. 

The crash happened in Mount Olive Township, Morris County, not far from the Warren County line, where 43 riders were injured in addition to the two that were killed.

The Paramus School District says the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site near the crash scene.

Police say around 10:30 a.m. the bus, carrying fifth graders, collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 near Mount Olive Township.

The impact appeared to rip the bus from its chassis, and with its front end crumpled, it lay for hours in the median of I-80.

A boy who was on the bus says the bus fell over and people were left "hanging from their seat belts."

"I have seen the accident scene and I can only describe it as horrific," Mount Olive Mayor Robert Greenbaum said.

Both directions of I-80 were shut down for hours as investigators, including the National Transportation Safety Board, searched the scene.

Greenbaum praised the quick response from first responders who scrambled to bring victims to area hospitals.

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office isn't yet releasing the victims' names or additional information on how seriously anyone was injured, as this is an ongoing investigation.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy traveled to the middle school earlier Thursday, saying his heart is broken and calling what happened a tragedy.

Officials say the additional buses that were traveling with students to Waterloo Village were returned to the school and each student has been reunited with his or her parents. 

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