State Police Investigates Whether School Bus Made Illegal U-Turn in Deadly I-80 Crash

State Police Investigate Fatal School Bus Crash

Mount Olive, N.J. –The New Jersey State Police is investigating a crash between a school bus carrying fifth-grade students and a dump truck, which killed two people and seriously injured several others earlier this morning.

Based on the preliminary investigation, at 10:20 a.m., a school bus carrying 38 fifth-grade students and 7 accompanying adults from East Brook Middle School entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206. In the area of milepost 25.1, the school bus and a Kenworth dump truck collided, which caused the bus to overturn.

As a result of the crash, one adult and one student were killed, and a total of 43 people were injured and transported to area hospitals. Twenty-one victims were transported to Morristown Medical Center, 10 to Hackettstown Hospital, 4 to St. Clare’s Denville, 3 to St. Clare’s Dover, 3 to UMDNJ Newark, and 2 to St. Joseph’s in Paterson. Some patients are in critical condition.

This is preliminary information only, and the crash remains an active investigation by the New Jersey State Police and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. There is no additional information available at this time.