AT least two people have reportedly died and many are injured after a school bus carrying dozens of kids collided with a rubbish truck throwing pupils onto the road.
The bright yellow vehicle was flipped onto its side near Mount Olive, New Jersey, USA, in the horror crash just before 10.30am local time today (3.30pm).
Twitter/dwh1094 The bright yellow school bus was flipped onto its side near Mount Olive, New Jersey
A student and an adult chaperone are reportedly dead after the two vehicles collided on a New Jersey highway.
Many others are said to be injured.
The force of the collision was so great it reportedly ripped the undercarriage off the single-decker bus.
Police say there were 46 children on board at the time of the smash and several of them were thrown out of the bus and onto the tarmac.
Multiple injuries have been reported. There are unconfirmed NBC news reports that at least one person has died.
Several ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed down in both directions.
AP:Associated Press Emergency personnel examine the wreckage of the school bus facebook/Dave Waldron Police say there were 46 children on board the bus at the time of the smash AP:Associated Press The bus was badly damaged in the crash New Jersey State Police At least one person is said to have died in the horror accident
News12 Several ambulances were on the scene and police said Route 80 was closed in both directions Facebook/Stevenic Macchia Emergency crews are tending to stunned children at the scene of the crash
Morristown Medical Center has received an unknown number of patients from the accident, reports ABC.
Photos from the scene show the mangled school bus on its side on a grass embankment at the side of the road.
First responders are said to be tending to stunned children at the scene of the crash.
On Twitter, New Jersey State Police said: "#NJSP investigating serious MVA westbound on I-80 @ MP 25 in Mount Olive Twp, Morris County involving a school bus and dump truck.
AP:Associated Press The school bus collided with a bin lorry
"All lanes shut down. No further information available at this time."
Mount Olive mayor Robert Greenbaum said: "I have never seen anything like that. I can only describe it as horrific."
Local news reports say the bus came from East Brook Middle School in Paramus, New Jersey which is a state school serving roughly 650 students.
The school's calendar shows a scheduled fifth-grade class trip to Waterloo Village in nearby Stanhope.
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