UPDATED 8:20 pm PT — Thurs. May 17, 2018
New details about the deadly collision in New Jersey involving a school bus and a dump truck are released.
Officials confirmed a teacher and a fifth grade student died in Thursday’s collision in Mount Olive.
A caravan of three buses filled with middle school students and adult chaperones were on their way to a field trip.
Video from the deadly scene showed mangled wreckage in which the undercarriage of the school bus was completely ripped off.
The city’s mayor says several people may have been ejected from the vehicle.
“We have a great concern for anybody that was on the bus, and the fact that this actually involves school children, heightens the level of concern, and yes, I have seen the accident scene — I can only describe it as horrific,” stated Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum.
Authorities say 43 people have been hospitalized, with some in critical condition.
The dump truck was registered to a company with a long record of previous incidents.
Mendez Trucking has had seven crashes and racked up more than 130 violations in the last two years, according to reports.
An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway.