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The Latest: Truck firm owner 'deeply saddened' by bus crash

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig). Emergency personnel work at the scene of a school bus and dump truck collision, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig). Emergency personnel work at the scene of a school bus and dump truck collision, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig). Emergency personnel work at the scene of a school bus and dump truck collision, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig). Emergency personnel work at the scene of a school bus and dump truck collision, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018.
(Jay Faltings via AP). Emergency personnel respond to a crash after a school bus and dump truck collided in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Jay Faltings via AP). Emergency personnel respond to a crash after a school bus and dump truck collided in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018.
(WABC-TV via AP). This image taken from WABC-TV video shows an overturned school bus after it collided with a dump truck, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (WABC-TV via AP). This image taken from WABC-TV video shows an overturned school bus after it collided with a dump truck, injuring multiple people, on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018.
(Jay Faltings via AP). A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Jay Faltings via AP). A dump truck sits near the scene after a collision with a school bus in Mount Olive, N.J., Thursday, May 17, 2018.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on the aftermath of a school bus crash with a dump truck in New Jersey (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

The owner of a trucking company whose dump truck collided with a school bus on a New Jersey highway says he's "deeply saddened" by the accident, which killed a student and a teacher and injured more than 40 other people.

Mendez Trucking Co. owner Juan Munoz on Friday called the wreck a terrible tragedy.

The bus was carrying 38 fifth-graders and seven adults from Paramus (puh-RAM'-uhs) on a field trip on Thursday and was traveling on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive when it hit the truck and toppled over.

Munoz's attorney says the company is cooperating with authorities as they investigate.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff on Monday.

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4 p.m.

A New Jersey lawmaker is calling for a hearing into school bus safety after a crash left a student and teacher dead and dozens injured.

Democratic state Sen. Joseph Lagana said Friday that he wants a special transportation committee hearing to analyze safety standards, review best practices and compare New Jersey with other states.

The chairman of the committee and the senate president both say they support the idea.

The bus carrying 38 fifth-graders and seven adults was traveling on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive when it hit a dump truck.

Officials say most of the dozens of people hurt in the accident have been discharged.

The crash is under investigation.

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2:45 p.m.

Officials say most of the dozens of people injured in a New Jersey school bus crash that left a student and a teacher dead have been discharged from hospitals.

But they have declined to provide further details about the types and severity of the injuries they suffered in the crash Thursday on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive.

The cause remains under investigation.

The bus was carrying 38 fifth-grade students from the East Brook Middle School in Paramus and seven adults. It was headed to Waterloo Village for a field trip when it collided with a dump truck.

Forty-three people from the bus and the truck driver were hospitalized.

Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy, a social studies teacher who had taught for about two decades, and an unidentified student were killed in the crash.

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9 a.m.

The husband of a New Jersey teacher killed along with a student in a school bus crash that also injured dozens of others says he's "in shock, devastated and totally crushed" by the tragedy.

Kevin Kennedy released a statement late Thursday to News 12 New Jersey, hours after the crash on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive killed Jennifer Williamson-Kennedy and an unidentified student and injured dozens of others.

The bus was carrying 38 fifth-grade students from the East Brook Middle School in Paramus and seven adults. It was headed to Waterloo Village as part of a field trip when it collided with a dump truck.

Kennedy wrote that "my beautiful bride and I have been in total love every day of our lives since the day our eyes met on May 5th, 1994."

Police haven't commented on the cause of the crash.

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7 a.m.

Staff members and some students are starting to arrive at a New Jersey school that's mourning the loss of a student and teacher killed in a school bus crash that also injured dozens of other students.

Paramus school officials say they decided to hold classes Friday at the East Brook Middle School so students and staff could be together and grieve following Thursday's accident on Interstate 80 west in Mount Olive. Crisis counselors will be on hand to offer assistance.

The bus was carrying 38 fifth-grade students and seven adults, including the driver. It was headed to Waterloo Village as part of a field trip.

The names of the student and teacher killed have not been disclosed.

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12:25 a.m.

Investigators are working to determine why a school bus taking a group of fifth-graders on a field trip collided with a dump truck and tipped over on a busy New Jersey highway, killing a student and a teacher.

The crash happened Thursday morning on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of New York.

Police declined to release details about how the crash happened, but it occurred on a stretch of highway just past the exit for Waterloo Village, where the group from East Brook Middle School was headed.

The bus wound up on a guardrail close to a spot for emergency vehicles to make a U-Turn onto the highway. A sign there reads "No Turns."

The impact of the accident tore apart the bus.

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