UPDATE: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Officials say 17 students were injured in a southern New Jersey school bus crash that killed the daughter of a state trooper and critically injured two other children.
The accident happened Thursday morning at a four-way intersection in the Burlington County town of Chesterfield, south of Trenton, sending the bus crashing sideways into a traffic signal pole.
The 11-year-old girl who died was a triplet, a person briefed on the investigation told The Associated Press. The person said both her sisters were on the bus and both were injured — one seriously. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details.
The crash happened just after 8 a.m. Authorities say there were 25 children on the bus.
Both the bus driver and the driver of the dump cross involved in the crash were hospitalized but neither was seriously injured.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
State police at the scene of a school bus crash south of Trenton, N.J., say a child has died in the accident -- and that the child is the daughter of a state trooper.
The bus collided with a dump truck at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday at a four-way intersection in Chesterfield.
A parent who came to pick up her bruised children says there were a number of injuries and that the students have been hospitalized.
Multiple broadcast reports say the bus was carrying students to Chesterfield Elementary School. School district officials are not yet providing any details.
The bus ended up upright against a large pole at the intersection. The bus is indented where it hit the pole.
Chesterfield police are expected to provide more details later Thursday.