Mount Olive police said it was responding to the incident but would not give further details. A red dump truck with a mangled front end was parked along the highway nearby, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of NY. An unknown number of middle school students were on the bus when the collision happened around 10:20 a.m., and many injuries have been reported.
A sign outside of the East Brook Middle School in Paramus, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the crash site, informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident.
A school bus taking children on a field trip to a New Jersey historic site collided with a dump truck Thursday, ripping the bus apart, knocking it on its side and injuring multiple people.
Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia says that fellow students who had brothers and sisters on the bus started crying after news of the crash reached the school.
Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum, who saw the aftermath of the highway crash from an overpass, described the scene as "horrific".
A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive N.J. Thursday
"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by state police". The two other buses not involved in the crash returned to the school.
A spokeswoman for a local hospital told CNN that she believed two students had been admitted to St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Greenbaum said the first word he got about the crash included "entrapment and possible ejections".
"They were young kids", he said. A school district official said its superintendent was preparing a statement.
The National Transportation Safety Board said via Twitter that it was "gathering information" on the crash. The New Jersey State Department of Health's disaster team was on the scene to assist with family reunification and counseling.
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