One Killed, 17 Injured in School Bus-Truck Accident

A bus accident in New Jersey killed an 11-year-old girl and hospitalized five others, according to sources. The accident occurred in Chesterfield on the morning of February 16 after the school bus collided with a dump truck.

The deceased girl has been identified as Isabelle Tezsla. Her father is a New Jersey State Trooper, and two of her sisters are among the 5 that remain in the hospital—the three sisters are triplets. The bus was carrying students in kindergarten through 6th grade to school at the time. 17 total children were injured, and two are fighting for their lives, according to reports.

Classes were canceled the rest of the rest of the week at Chesterfield Elementary, although the school was scheduled to reopen the following Friday morning for anyone who wanted counseling. An candlelight vigil was held at Chesterfield Baptist Church.

“It’s sobering, it’s devastating,” said Church Pastor Edward DeSilva. “You think of your own kids.”

Both the bus driver and truck driver were hospitalized following the accident. The accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed yet.

“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,” said Gov. Chris Christie in a released statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved, especially those who have been injured.”

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