Police to hold news conference on fatal NJ bus crash | LIVE at 1:30 p.m. on 6abc.com

The Action Cam was on the scene of a crash between a school bus and a dump truck in Chesterfield, Burlington County.

February 16, 2012 10:19:22 AM PST
One child has died as the result of a crash between a dump truck and a school bus Thursday morning in Chesterfield, Burlington County.

The crash happened around 8:18 a.m. at the intersection of Bordentown Chesterfield Road (Route 528) and Old York Road.

A bus carrying students of Chesterfield Elementary School was travelling along Old York Road when it collided with a dump truck, which was coming down Route 528. The collision spun the bus around, slamming the back side of the vehicle into a traffic light pole.

Action News has confirmed that one child, the daughter of a New Jersey State Trooper, was killed in the crash. We are also told that this Trooper, who has triplets, may have at least one other child who was on that bus and is being treated at an area hospital.

More than a dozen students have been taken to area hospitals for treatment of various injuries. Three of the injured were air lifted and others were taken from the scene by ambulance.

A house near the corner of the accident scene was set up as a triage center. The less severely injured children, and the children who were not injured at all, were taken inside of the house for treatment. Some of those children were hospitalized as a precaution.

"The bus was going a little slow and I didn't know what was going on. But then I felt the bus moving and then it slipped," said Laim Scheehan, a student who was aboard the bus.

Chesterfield Elementary School Superintendent tells Action News that all parents have been notified. Grief counselors are now at the school to help console students and teachers.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released a statement about today's accident, which read:

"We are deeply concerned for the students on the bus and their families and can only imagine what they've been dealing with in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, especially those who have been injured."

The dump truck, which bears the logo for Herman's Trucking Company out of Wrightstown, New Jersey, sustained front-end damage. There is still no word on what led to the accident.

The intersection is completely closed off to traffic. State and local police are on the scene as the investigation continues.

Find out about Breaking News as it happens. Sign up for 6abc.com Breaking News Alerts.

Load Comments