Police & Fire

Vehicular Homicide Charges for Driver of Paramus School Bus

6e14130aeaf8d3d51fd3_b7be2b517a006583b6a6_busss.jpg
Paramus school bus crash scene minutes after it happened Credits: Larissa Walsh
f0536c23253d2fa8ea1e_89d9cc76163823354d00_bus.jpg
Paramus school bus body ripped from frame in Route 80 crash in Mount Olive Credits: Kyle Kramer
6e14130aeaf8d3d51fd3_b7be2b517a006583b6a6_busss.jpg

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The driver of a school bus involved in a crash on Route 80 last week that killed two people faces two counts of second-degree vehicular homicide/death by auto, it was announced today.

The driver, Hudy Muldrow, 77, of Woodland Park, attempted to make an illegal U-Turn on the highway in an attempt to find his way to Waterloo Village, the planned destination of the bus that was loaded with students and teachers from a Paramus middle school, officials said.

Muldrow's decision resulted in the bus being struck by a dump truck traveling in the middle lane of the interstate, an impact that nearly demolished the bus and killed a fifth-grade student and a teacher from East Brook Middle School, said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Patrick Callahan in a joint statement. ​

Sign Up for E-News

The crash took place in Mount Olive at about 10:20 a.m. The bus being driven by Muldrow was one of three from the middle school en route to the historic village on a field trip. The bus Muldrow was driving is called Bus #2 in a description of the incident provided by Knapp and Callahan.

"The investigation has revealed that Bus #2, as well as two (2) other buses, left the school on the morning of May 17th en route to Waterloo Village," says their statement. "Shortly after 10:00 a.m., the three (3) buses exited Interstate 80 West at exit 25 onto Route 206 North.  It is believed that shortly thereafter, the three (3) buses missed a turn that would have taken them to Waterloo Village."

The officials said the bus drivers then "drove in an effort to correct their route" but failed to stay together.

"Bus #3 detached from the other two buses and arrived safely at Waterloo Village," says the statement. "Thereafter, it is believed that Bus #2 separated from Bus #1. Bus #1 eventually arrived safely at Waterloo Village."

But Muldrow, separated from the others and failing to get onto Waterloo Road - which would have taken him to his destination -, headed south on Route 206 in Byram toward the westbound Route 80 ramp, according to law enforcement.

"At or near the point of entry onto Route 80 Westbound from the on ramp, Hudy Muldrow is alleged to have turned Bus #2 to the left in an apparent attempt to gain access to the official-use only access point located between the East and Westbound lanes of Route 80," they said. "As part of this maneuver, it is alleged that Hudy Muldrow turned Bus #2 so that it was positioned in an almost-perpendicular direction in relation to the lanes of travel on Route 80 Westbound.  Route 80 Westbound in this area is a three (3) lane highway. At this time, Bus #2 was impacted by a dump truck that was traveling in the center lane of Route 80 Westbound. As a result of the impact, Bus #2 was redirected and came to rest in the center median. "

Knapp and Callahan said the impact tore the body of the bus off its chassis.

In addition to the two deaths, the crash resulted in "numerous injuries to other occupants" of the bus driven by Muldrow, said the authorities. "The driver of the dump truck also sustained various injuries," they said.  "The full extent of the non-fatal injuries has yet to be determined, but range from minor to multiple serious and potentially life-threatening injuries."

The criminal complaints in the case were sworn to by New Jersey State Police Detective I Daniel Wojcik, a member of the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit – North Squad, said Knapp and Callahan. They noted the incident remains under investigation by State Police and the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

The charges were authorized by state Superior Court Judge Stephen Taylor on Thursday morning, said Knapp and Callahan. They said Muldrow will be placed in the Morris County jail pending a first appearance likely to take place Friday at the Morris County Courthouse.  

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Brunswick

East Brunswick Republican Chair Jesal Amin Announces Dhar Khona to Join Council Ticket

June 15, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ- Newly elected Republican Municipal Chairman Jesal Amin announced today that Dharmendra “Dhar” Khona will join the Republican ticket for Township Council in East Brunswick.  Khona will replace Tom Szaro on the ticket, who had to step aside for personal reasons. The remaining candidates on the ticket are Councilwoman Camille Clark and former school board ...

East Brunswick Public Library Hosts “Beginner Coder” Program Series for Adults

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Due to popular demand, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is offering “Beginner Coder for Adults,” a program series to teach the basics of computer coding for the internet this July.

Led by guest lecturer Preeti Gupta, the classes focus on teaching basic web technologies including HTML, CSS and JavaScript. After completing this ...

EBPL Open on Summer Sundays

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—Due to an increase in demand of library usage, East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive) is extending Sunday hours throughout July.

The library plans on using the additional hours to host more library programming and provide services to the community, including passports, access to the computer lab and EB Create makerspace, and ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

Cool Ways to Save Money This Summer

As the summer temperatures rise, home cooling costs rise as well. But there are ways to help save money without sweating the heat:

To increase your cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%, get it checked out for summer.  A technician will clean the condenser, make sure you have the optimal amount of refrigerant, and ensure the airflow over the coil is ...