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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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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