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Multiple injuries reported after school bus, dump truck crash in Mount Olive, New Jersey

MOUNT OLIVE, New Jersey (CBS) - Multiple injuries were reported after a school bus carrying students was involved in a serious crash on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, CBS New York reports. A dump truck and the school bus crashed in the town of Mount Olive, according to Mayor Robert Greenbaum. 

"I have never seen anything like that. I can only describe it as horrific," Greenbaum said. "It doesn't take long to look at this accident scene and to understand how horrific the injuries would be."

The body of the bus came completely off its chassis and was resting on its side in the highway median.  

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The crash took place around 10:30 a.m. on I-80 westbound near Exit 25 and Route 206. 

The bus was carrying Paramus Middle School students who were on a field trip to Waterloo Village, a historic site in New Jersey.  

"My heart goes out to the people of Paramus," Greenbaum said.  

The injured were being rushed to at least two area hospitals. The exact number and extent injuries was not immediately known.    

Traffic was shut down on I-80 in both directions near the site of the accident. Some lanes have since reopened.


UPDATE- On I-80 eastbound, right and center lanes reopened near Exit 25 - Rte. 206 Mount Olive. I-80 westbound remains closed, motorists advised to use alternate routes. Use caution, expect delays.

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ROUTE 18 ramps closed and detoured both directions at Exit 7 - Brighton Av (Wall Twp) due to incident investigation. Use caution, use alternate routes.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said it was gathering information on the crash.  



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