NJ School Bus Crashes with Dump Truck, At Least 2 Dead & 45 Injured
Earlier this morning in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, a school bus collided with a dump truck, resulting in a fatal accident. Initial reports state at least two people were killed and another 45 were injured. Identities of the victims have not yet been released, but authorities did say the fatalities included one child and one adult. Approximately 12 people required hospitalization for their injuries, which range from moderate to critical.
The school bus was taking fifth grade students on a field trip at the time of the crash. The front ends of the school bus and the dump truck have been shown in images to have been entirely destroyed. It would appear the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision. Although, at this time, the exact details of the crash have not been released, including which driver might have caused it. An ongoing investigation will need to uncover more details.
For more information about this ongoing story, you can view these articles from various newsgroups:
- ABC7: http://abc7ny.com/2-dead-45-injured-in-nj-school-bus-crash/3486757/
- USA Today: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/17/mount-olive-new-jersey-school-bus-dump-truck-crash/619260002/
- CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/17/us/new-jersey-school-bus-crash/index.html
Compassionate & Experienced Legal Representation
Our team at The Beasley Firm, LLC in New Jersey is following this ongoing bus accident news story. Our sympathies and condolences go out to all involved. As New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorneys who specialize in school bus, mass transportation, and truck accident cases, we know how harrowing such an incident can be.
In 2016, Attorneys Jim Beasley, Dion Rassias, and Heidi Villari were lead counsel in securing an early global $12 million dollar settlement for injured children and their families following a bus accident in New Jersey. Triplet girls, who were 11-years old at the time, were seated on the back of a school bus when it collided with an over-weighted dump truck in an intersection accident in Burlington County, New Jersey. The dump truck was coming from a nearby construction site at the New Jersey Turnpike widening project.
One of the girls suffered catastrophic leg injuries, the second suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and the third lost her life. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the accident, including their findings online. The Beasley Firm was instrumental in uncovering that the bus driver was on prescription drugs at the time of the accident for back pain, which reduced his reaction times. NBC actually conducted an expose on the subject, which you can view by clicking here.
If you have any questions about your rights after a loved one is injured or killed in a traffic collision, you can talk to our New Jersey motor vehicle accident attorneys at The Beasley Firm, LLC. Feel free to contact usat any time.