Parents in Paramus rushed to East Brook Middle School after they received word that one of the school buses headed out on a field trip crashed on Interstate-80 Thursday morning.
Parents tell News 12 New Jersey that the scene at the school was chaotic as parents and loved ones tried to get news about their children who were on the trip.
Students say that many of the children were crying at their lockers when they heard about that happened.
The school’s fifth-grade class was heading to Waterloo Village in Stanhope for a class trip when one of the three buses collided with a dump truck near Exit 25 in Mount Olive. A student and teacher were killed, and 43 others injured.
The two other buses immediately returned to the school following the crash, and students were released to their parents.
“We’re just thankful that [my son’s] OK. We have friends in the community, and we’re still not sure about the whereabouts of some of those kids yet. We’re still trying to find that out,” one parent told News 12.
The injured were taken to six hospitals. Gov. Phil Murphy says that some patients suffered critical injuries and were undergoing surgery. Another parent tells News 12 that some of the injuries include concussions and even amputations.
All evening activities have been canceled for Thursday and Friday. School will be held Friday, and grief counselors will be on hand to help students and staff.
The Paramus superintendent says that all remaining field trips will be canceled for the year.