Bus driver charged with causing deaths in New Jersey crash

The 77-year-old school bus driver behind the wheel when the vehicle collided with a dump truck was charged for the deaths of a student and teacher killed in the accident.

Hudy Muldrow Sr. on Thursday was charged with two counts of reckless vehicular homicide in the May 17 crash that left 10-year-old Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson Kennedy dead, according to a press release from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

He was driving one of three buses from East Brook Middle School in Paramus to a field trip in Byram Sussex County when he allegedly attempted to make a sudden U-turn in the median between the east and westbound lanes on Route 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey.

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A bus is pictured on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A bus is pictured on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers look a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: A school bus broken is seen on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
Police stand near the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
A police investigator looks at the wreckage of a school bus on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, U.S., May 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
NEW JERSEY, May 18, 2018 -- Wreckage of the school bus is being taken away from the accident site on Interstate 80 highway, in Morris County, New Jersey, the United States, on May 17, 2018. A student and a teacher were killed and dozens others were injured when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, Governor Phil Murphy said. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, May 18, 2018 -- Wreckage of the school bus is being taken away from the accident site on Interstate 80 highway, in Morris County, New Jersey, the United States, on May 17, 2018. A student and a teacher were killed and dozens others were injured when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, Governor Phil Murphy said. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, May 18, 2018 -- Wreckage of the school bus is being taken away from the accident site on Interstate 80 highway, in Morris County, New Jersey, the United States, on May 17, 2018. A student and a teacher were killed and dozens others were injured when a school bus full of fifth-graders collided with a dump truck on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, Governor Phil Murphy said. (Xinhua/Li Muzi via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders looks a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers look a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers walk near a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
MT. OLIVE, NJ - MAY 17: NJ first responders and Police officers look a school bus broken on Interstate 80 following an accident with a dump truck on May 17, 2018 in Mount Olive Township, at least 2 were Killed when School Bus and Dump Truck crash on the highway, the bus was carrying 40 students from Paterson, NJ. (Photo by Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Authorities believe the bus missed a turn that would have kept it on track for its destination. In trying to correct its course, the packed bus was struck by a passing dump truck and knocked off if its chassis. The vehicle was laying on its left side in the median of the roadway when responders arrived around 10:20 a.m.

More than 40 people were injured in the deadly accident.

Muldrow will be jailed at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending his first court appearance scheduled for Friday at the county courthouse.

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