Student Dead In Burlington Bus Crash [VIDEO]
Law enforcement officials say a New Jersey state trooper’s 11-year-old daughter is dead and her two triplet sisters are in critical condition following a crash between a school bus and dump truck in Burlington County.
The officials identified the father as Trooper Anthony Tezsla. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release any names.
The name of the girl killed Thursday in Chesterfield has not yet been made public.
Three children were critically injured. Cooper University Hospital in Camden has identified two as Sophie and Natalie Tezsla, both 11. A third student, 11-year-old Jonathan Zdybel, is also reported in critical condition.
Chesterfield police identified the bus driver as 66-year-old John Tieman of Beverly and the truck driver as 38-year-old Michael Caporale of New Egypt. The crash investigation continues.
The accident happened Thursday morning at a four-way intersection in the Burlington County town of Chesterfield sending the bus crashing sideways into a traffic signal pole.
A parent who came to pick up her bruised children said there were a number of injuries and that the students were hospitalized.
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.
COMMENT FROM GOVERNOR CHRISTIE
“We are awaiting further details, but we are deeply concerned for the students on the bus and their families and can only imagine what they’ve been dealing with in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, especially those who have been injured.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.