Brianne TalockaMay 18, 2018, 4:22 pmMay 21, 2018, 7:08 am

School bus crash victims remain hospitalized

Bergen County executive encourages community to stay strong, support the education community

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MORRISTOWN – Some of the 43 victims from East Brook Middle School are still hospitalized after a school bus crashed into a dump truck on Thursday. Twenty-one victims were taken to Morristown Medical Center, 10 to Hackettstown Hospital, four to St. Clare's in Denville, three to St. Clare's in Dover, three to Umdnj Newark, and two to Saint Joseph's in Paterson. Both the dump truck driver and the school bus driver were also taken to the hospital. First responders arrived minutes later to find students and adults strewn across the highway and median, with others still inside the bus. Educator of 20 years Jennifer Williamson, as well as a fifth-grader, died during the crash.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco encouraged the community to stay strong in wake of the tragedy.

"This community has been strong, it will continue to be strong, and support the entire education community," Tedesco said.

"I feel so sorry for the kids, for the dump truck driver, for everyone involved," Orland Jurado, a member of the community, said.

"These things do happen, especially when you're on the highway and everyone's probably speeding," Morristown resident Joe Carron. "I hope everything goes well with all the parents, and I send my prayers."

Former Morristown bus driver Mary Russo said she understands the struggle of having to drive a school bus: "It's rough driving a school bus, it really is."

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