UPDATE: Truck firm owner ‘deeply saddened’ by NJ bus crash

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UPDATE:  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – The owner of a trucking company whose dump truck collided with a school bus on a New Jersey highway says he’s “deeply saddened” by the accident, which killed a student and a teacher and injured more than 40 other people.

Mendez Trucking Co. owner Juan Munoz on Friday called the wreck a terrible tragedy.

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The bus was carrying 38 fifth-graders and seven adults from Paramus (puh-RAM’-uhs) on a field trip on Thursday and was traveling on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive when it hit the truck and toppled over.

Munoz’s attorney says the company is cooperating with authorities as they investigate.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Monday.

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. (AP) – A school bus that collided with a dump truck in New Jersey had markings for a school district that had a scheduled class trip to a nearby historic site.

The bus that crashed on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive Thursday morning was from the Paramus school district.

A fifth grade class in the district was scheduled to visit Waterloo Village about five miles from the crash site.

State police say that an unknown number of children were on the bus and multiple victims have been sent to the hospital.

The bus was on its side on the median of the highway with its front end sheared off.

The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.