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A student and a teacher were killed after the bus heading for a field trip in New Jersey collided with a garbage truck on Thursday on I-80 at Exit 26  Multiple sources inform News 4, citing DOT video, that the bus driver missed the departure for the class trip site and tried to turn in U
All other bus passengers were injured, some from critical form
Multiple sources tell NBC 4 New York that video from a The Department of Transportation camera shows that the school bus full of fifth-graders in the deadly wreck Thursday in New Jersey made a sudden U-turn in a median.
The development occurs when investigators investigate the cause of the accident, which killed a student and a teacher after the full-sized school bus collided with a garbage truck on Route 80 near Exit 25 in Mount Olive Township.
The bus, which was carrying 38 students and seven adults from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, was on its way to a class trip to Waterloo Village, a historic site in Stanhope. The student and teacher who were killed have not yet been identified. The rest of the people on board were injured, some critically.
There were three school buses that took students from the same school on the field trip, the sources said. Of the three buses, one missed the exit, shows the video. When the driver noticed this, he apparently saw an area designated for U-turn for emergency vehicles that were ahead, and crossed traffic lanes to try to turn in U.
A dump truck that was traveling in the The same direction crashed into the bus The bus suddenly appeared in front of him, the sources said, citing DOT images. The investigation is still early and no conclusion has been reached.
State police said the driver of the truck had been interviewed after the accident. The school bus driver is still being treated for injuries and has not yet been interviewed.
The wounded were transported to six different hospitals, and some underwent surgery. The crash was so severe that some injured children climbed through the windows and the roof's emergency exit to safety.
There are no federal requirements for seat belts on full-size school buses, but six states, including New Jersey, require them.
An 11 year old boy sitting in the fourth row of the bus told him to News 4 New York: "I heard a scraping noise and then the bus bent, and a lot of people were screaming."
The photos obtained by News 4 show the heavily damaged bus on its side in the median, surrounded by dozens of emergency and police vehicles. The front was barely recognizable, a shattered piece of broken machinery stretched from the shoulder lane of the road through the railing and onto the grassy median, where policemen and lifeguards are seen tending to dazed children.
The landing gear, bus wheels still connected, extended perpendicular to the bus overturned, extending over multiple lanes of the road.
The students of the other two buses that took part in the trip were told that they had to leave 10 minutes after arriving due to a storm, and they only learned of the accident when they returned to school. Then they were reunited with their families.
All school trips for the rest of the year were canceled. School leaders decided not to cancel classes on Friday, saying the student body should be together to mourn.
Students at East Brook Middle School, a public school that serves 650 students in grades 5 through 8, were picked up early from school; They learned of the accident when other students cried in the corridors.
"We thought it was just a drill and people were joking," said student Alejandro Garcia. "Things started coming in. We gathered around two students whose brothers were on the bus … It was horrible what happened."
The news of the fatal bus accident caused a chaotic scene inside the school when desperate parents rushed to pick up their children.
No additional details about children or injuries were found.
A man at the reception of a company connected to a license plate on the overturned truck said he did not clarify what It happened, but it did confirm that the driver left the facility on Thursday morning and got into the accident. It is unclear if that driver was injured.
A team from the New Jersey Department of Health also responded.
The area of exit 26 on Route 80 where the accident occurred was closed most of the day. It was not until just before 9 p.m. when all the lanes had reopened when the cleaning crews loaded the bus destroyed in a platform truck.
Major accidents are not uncommon on this stretch of the busy highway. From 2014 to 2016 there were more than 5,000 accidents on Route 80 in Morris County, resulting in 10 deaths and nearly 1,400 injuries, according to an analysis by News 4 I-Team of state data.