NJ trooper's child killed in school bus crash

By Beth Defalco

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Feb. 16 2012 10:00 a.m. MST

An Investigator views the scene of a school bus crash Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, in Chesterfield, N.J. State police at the scene of the school bus crash 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. at a Route 528 intersection in Chesterfield.

Matt Rourke, Associated Press

CHESTERFIELD, N.J. — A school bus carrying elementary school children collided Thursday with a dump truck, killing a student who is the daughter of a state trooper and injuring several other children, authorities said.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 a.m. at a four-way intersection in the town of Chesterfield, south of Trenton.

A parent who came to pick up her bruised children said there were a number of injuries and that the students were hospitalized.

State police at the scene confirmed the death of the child and identified her as the daughter of a trooper, though no official announcement was immediately made.

School district officials also did not immediately provide any details. A police news conference was planned.

A boy being taken from the scene by his mother said "this big truck just came and slammed right into us." His mother did not want his name used.

The boy said the crash left some of his fellow students with bloody faces.

Students on the bus said they were wearing their seatbelts.

Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement saying his "thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved." He planned to comment further after more information was released on the accident.

The bus ended up upright against a large traffic signal pole at the intersection. The bus was crumpled where it hit the pole.

A large dump truck ran off the road and into a grassy area, where it left deep tire marks.

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