May 17, 2018

School bus taking kids on field trip collides with truck / Autobús escolar que llevaba niños en viaje de campo colisiona con camión

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. - A school bus taking children on a field trip to a New Jersey historic site collided with a dump truck Thursday, ripping it apart, knocking it on its side and injuring multiple people.
The front end of the school bus appeared to be ripped off as it sat on the median of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive. It was also sheared off its undercarriage and a piece of the front end of the bus with the steering wheel visible was lying on top of the guardrail separating the highway from the median.
A red dump truck with a mangled front end was parked along the highway nearby, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New York. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had "In God We Trust" emblazoned on the back of it.

Autobús escolar que llevaba niños en viaje de campo colisiona con camión

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J. - Un autobús escolar que llevaba niños en un viaje de campo a un sitio histórico de Nueva Jersey colisionó con un camión de basura el jueves, destrozándolo, golpeándolo de lado e hiriendo a varias personas.La parte delantera del autobús escolar parecía estar estafada en la mediana de la Interestatal 80 en Mount Olive. También fue cortado de su tren de aterrizaje y un trozo de la parte delantera del autobús con el volante visible estaba sobre la baranda que separa la carretera de la mediana.Un camión de volteo rojo con una parte delantera destrozada estaba estacionado a lo largo de la carretera cercana, a unas 50 millas (80 kilómetros) al oeste de Nueva York. El camión estaba registrado para Mendez Trucking, de Belleville, y tenía "In God We Trust" estampado en la parte posterior.
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Paramus Public Schools said that the bus was taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, which is about five miles from the crash scene.
"There's an incredible emergency response from throughout Morris County and by state police. It's a horrific scene," Mount Olive Mayor Rob Greenbaum told The Record.
State police said that an unknown number of children were on the bus, but they didn't know how serious the injuries are. Hackettstown Police Sgt. Darren Tynan told The Record that multiple people were taken to a hospital.
A sign outside of the school, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from the crash site, informed people to go to the auditorium for updates on the accident. Other buses that were part of the field trip caravan returned to the school Thursday afternoon.
Seventh-grader Alejandro Garcia told The Record that students were told to return to homeroom on Thursday morning. As his classmates started searching online to see what had happened, they realized there had been an accident.
"People who I'm close friends with, who have brothers and sisters on that bus, started crying, and everybody just started sympathizing," Garcia said. "It was just a time of need for everyone."
At least two canine units were searching the woods along the roadside Thursday afternoon, but it wasn't clear why.
Mendez Trucking has 33 drivers and 33 trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A message left with the company wasn't immediately returned. Its trucks have been in seven crashes in the last two years, none of them fatal, according to FMCSA.
Mendez was fined $22,850 in 2016 for violating regulations on inspections, repairs and maintenance and post-crash drug and alcohol testing, according to the FMCSA.
Mendez has a higher than average vehicle out-of-service rate, which means inspections found violations which had to be corrected before the vehicle could be returned to service. Mendez's rate was 37.9 percent, according to FMCSA. The national average is 20.7.
"From what I saw, the red truck was destroyed, but the bus appeared worse," Manuel Absalon, a tourist from Mexico driving by the crash site, told WNBC-TV. "It looked like it was broken in half."
Morristown Medical Center spokeswoman Elaine Andrecovich said they have received some people from the accident, but she did not have a number available and could not say how many were children.
About 10 victims were taken to St. Clare's Dover Hospital and St. Clare's Denville Hospital, according to Communications Director Patty Montgomery. She said they were being evaluated and treated, but she did not have ages or conditions.
St. Joseph's Health public relations manager Pam Garretson said two children were being evaluated in the emergency room. She did not know their conditions or ages.
Waterloo Village is a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port along the Morris Canal in northwestern New Jersey. It features several historic homes, a blacksmith shop, general store and more. It's a popular spot for school trips.

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Las Escuelas Públicas de Paramus dijeron que el autobús llevaba a estudiantes de East Brook Middle School a Waterloo Village, que está a unas cinco millas de la escena del accidente."Hay una increíble respuesta de emergencia de todo el condado de Morris y de la policía estatal. Es una escena horrible", dijo el alcalde de Mount Olive, Rob Greenbaum, a The Record.La policía estatal dijo que había un número desconocido de niños en el autobús, pero que no sabían cuán serias eran las lesiones. Hackettstown Police Sgt. Darren Tynan dijo a The Record que varias personas fueron llevadas a un hospital.Una señal fuera de la escuela, a unas 50 millas (80 kilómetros) del lugar del accidente, informó a la gente que vaya al auditorio para recibir actualizaciones sobre el accidente. Otros autobuses que formaban parte de la caravana de excursiones regresaron a la escuela el jueves por la tarde.El estudiante de séptimo grado, Alejandro García, le dijo a The Record que a los estudiantes se les dijo que regresaran a sus clases el jueves por la mañana. Mientras sus compañeros de clase comenzaron a buscar en línea para ver qué había sucedido, se dieron cuenta de que había habido un accidente."Las personas con las que soy amigo cercano, que tienen hermanos y hermanas en ese autobús, comenzaron a llorar, y todos comenzaron a simpatizar", dijo García. "Fue solo un momento de necesidad para todos".Al menos dos unidades caninas estaban buscando en el bosque a lo largo del camino el jueves por la tarde, pero no estaba claro por qué.Mendez Trucking tiene 33 conductores y 33 camiones, de acuerdo con la Administración Federal de Seguridad de Autotransportes. Un mensaje dejado con la compañía no fue devuelto inmediatamente. Sus camiones han sufrido siete accidentes en los últimos dos años, ninguno de ellos fatal, según la FMCSA.Méndez recibió una multa de $ 22,850 en 2016 por infringir las reglamentaciones sobre inspecciones, reparaciones y mantenimiento y pruebas de detección de drogas y alcohol posteriores al accidente, según la FMCSA.Méndez tiene una tasa de fuera del servicio más alta que el promedio del vehículo, lo que significa que las inspecciones encontraron infracciones que debieron corregirse antes de que el vehículo pudiera volver al servicio. La tasa de Méndez fue del 37.9 por ciento, según la FMCSA. El promedio nacional es 20.7.

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