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School bus collides with truck, killing teacher and student

AP  |  Mount Olive (US) 

A taking children on a to a collided with a today, ripping the apart and killing a and student.

The crash left the lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back of the bus and an escape hatch on the roof. More than 40 people were taken to area hospitals.

"I heard a scraping sound and we toppled over the highway," said student Theo Ancevski, who was sitting in the fourth row of the bus and was treated at a hospital for cuts and scrapes. "A lot of people were screaming and hanging from their seatbelts." said that one adult and one student were killed. Murphy said the of the truck was alive at the hospital, but officials didn't reveal his condition.

The front end of the red was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 80 kilometres west of The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it.

Police didn't release details of how the crash happened, but the trucking company had a string of crashes in recent years and a higher than average rate of violations that sidelined its vehicles, according to federal safety data.

There were 45 people, including 38 students, on the bus. Forty-three people from the bus and the truck were taken to three area hospitals.

The bus was owned by the school district and equipped with seat belts, according to

The bus was taking students from to Waterloo Village, a depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port about 5 miles from the crash scene.

Some of the children were still inside the bus and some were outside when first responders arrived, according to Jeff Paul, of the

"We had patients laying all over the median and on the interstate," Paul said. "There were all kinds of injuries, every injury type you could expect in a crash of his magnitude." Paul said some of the first responders were "very emotionally upset. It was a rough scene to see."

Zainab Qureshi, 11, told The Record she was on one of the two buses not involved in the crash. She said those two buses made it to Waterloo Village, but they were told by teachers and chaperones about a half hour later that they had to return to school because of bad weather.

Students on two other buses on the returned to the school about 80 kilometres from the and were reunited with their parents. Qureshi said students on the other buses didn't find out about the crash until they arrived back at school.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 02:30 IST