Authorities Confirm Two Fatalities in May 17th Fatal School Bus Crash on Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Patrick Callahan can confirm that two individuals sustained fatal injuries as a result of the motor vehicle crash that occurred during the morning hours of May 17, 2018 on Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township, New Jersey.

Jennifer Williamson, age 51, of Paramus, New Jersey died as a result of injuries sustained during this incident.  Ms. Williamson was employed as a 5th grade teacher with the East Brook Middle School.

A female student, age 10, whose name is not being released, also died as a result of injuries sustained during this incident.  The female was a 5th grade student at the East Brook Middle School.

Multiple other individuals sustained injuries of varying severity as a result of this incident.  No further information regarding the identity of those persons, or the severity of their injuries, is being released at this time.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident are active and ongoing.  No further information is being released at this time.  Additional information will be provided at the appropriate juncture.

Any press inquiries regarding this incident can be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro 973-829-8159.

Active investigation into School Bus Crash on Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and New Jersey State Police Acting Superintendent Patrick Callahan can confirm an active investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred earlier this morning on Route 80 in Mt. Olive Township, New Jersey.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., authorities were notified of an incident that occurred in the area of mile marker 25 on Route 80 Westbound in Mt. Olive Township.  The preliminary investigation has revealed a two-vehicle crash involving a school bus, occupied by students and teachers, and a dump truck.

At this time, it can be confirmed that there are fatalities as a result of this crash.  The exact number and the identity of each individual is being withheld at this time pending formal notification of next of kin.  All other individuals injured in this crash have been transported to local hospitals for care.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this crash are ongoing.  No other information is being released at this time.  Additional information will be provided at the appropriate juncture.

Numerous police and emergency personnel are on scene actively assisting with the investigation. Our thoughts are with those injured and their families.

Any press inquiries regarding this incident can be directed to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro 973-829-8159.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Presented at New Jersey Association of Counties Annual Conference

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Brad Seabury delivered a presentation on the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic at the New Jersey Association of Counties Annual Conference in Atlantic City. They were joined by county government representatives and elected officials from all twenty one counties throughout the state. The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic is a major issue across New Jersey and it is necessary for all of the counties to work toward their common goal of combatting this problem.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Presented at New Jersey Association of Counties Annual Conference
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury

The presentation educated the audience on the various strategies that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has implemented throughout the county. One of the main tactics utilized is the Narcan 2.0 program, in partnership with the Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES). Narcan 2.0 connects people who have been administered a dosage of Narcan to reverse an overdose, with a Peer Recovery Specialist who provides counselling options and services. It has been extremely successful since its implementation in May of 2017, as 71% of Narcan recipients over that time frame have accepted the services of the Addiction Recovery Response Team.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Presented at New Jersey Association of Counties Annual Conference

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury also emphasized that law enforcement maintains its focus on treating those suffering from substance abuse disorder, while prosecuting for-profit illicit drug dealers for their involvement in the epidemic. This includes Strict Liability Death Prosecution, which holds these illicit dealers responsible if someone overdoses and dies from drugs that they distributed.

Prosecutor Knapp and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Seabury Presented at New Jersey Association of Counties Annual Conference

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and its community partners continue to have a major impact in combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. Education and prevention are keys to the success, and the New Jersey Association of Counties Conference gave the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office the opportunity to share with community leaders throughout the state the strategies that have been successful to this point.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.