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Horror crash decimates US school bus

Familiar yellow bus sliced in two as student and teacher killed following collision with dump truck

Police investigators look at the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018.

New York: An American school bus carrying fifth graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey interstate Thursday, killing a student and a teacher, and injuring more than 40 others, officials said.

The accident happened at 10.21am (6.21am UAE) in Mount Olive, about 80 kilometres west of New York. The bus had been taking the school children to Waterloo village on a class outdoor education trip.

There were 45 people on board – seven adults and 38 students. Two were killed and the other 43 were taken to hospital, some of them critically injured and undergoing surgery, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said.

The bus was one of three transporting fifth graders from East Brook Middle School in Paramus on the class trip.

“We are devastated by today’s event,” Paramus public school superintendent Michele Robinson told a news conference.

The precise cause of the accident was not immediately clear.

The driver of the dump truck, with which the school bus collided, was also in hospital, officials said.

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