"A lot of people (inside the bus) were screaming and they were like, hanging from their seat belts". A red dump truck with a mangled front end was parked along the highway nearby. A total of 43 people of those 45 were injured and transported to hospitals for treatment, he said.
The Democratic governor went to the school and says his heart is "broken by today's tragedy".
The bus was owned by the school district and equipped with seat belts, according to Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson. "I hope and pray that everyone involved is going to be alright". School bus crashes killed 902 people in other vehicles over that span. "I heard like a scraping noise, and then the bus tilted over". He told reporters he escaped through an emergency door on the bus. Murphy said the truck driver was hospitalised, but officials didn't reveal his condition. She said those two buses made it to Waterloo Village, but they were told by teachers and chaperones about a half hour later that they had to return to school because of bad weather.
The Morris County prosecutor's office confirms "there are fatalities as a result of this crash" but hasn't said how many.
Photos and video from the scene of the accident appear to show the bus torn off of its chassis; the images show most of the bus on its side while its undercarriage remains with all four wheels on the ground on the highway.More news: Senate Democrats get votes to advance Net neutrality save
The NTSB investigates civil transportation accidents, such as plane and train crashes.
Mount Olive Township is about 50 miles west of New York City.
"They were young kids", he said.
Waterloo Village is a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port along the Morris Canal in northwestern New Jersey. An unknown number of middle school students were on the bus when the collision happened around 10:20 a.m., and many injuries have been reported. The front of the bus has also been completely destroyed.
The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.More news: EU's Donald Tusk takes aim at Donald Trump over Iran, trade tariffs
Victims of the crash were taken to Morristown Medical Center, St. Joseph's Health, St. Clare's Dover Hospital and St. Clare's Denville Hospital.
Crews loaded the wrecked bus onto a flat-bed truck on Thursday night.
Emergency personnel examine a school bus after it collided with a dump truck, injuring multiple people in New Jersey.
"[The bus] entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206", according to that account.More news: Thomas Partey's Atletico Madrid Thrash Marseille To Win Europa League