NJ Bus driver in fatal crash had history of suspensions, tickets

MOUNT OLIVE, N.J.  -- The driver behind the wheel of a New Jersey school bus that collided with a dump truck leaving a fifth-grader and a teacher dead had a history of license suspensions and speeding violations.

The state Motor Vehicle Commission said Tuesday the driver identified by his son as Hudy Muldrow Sr. had his license suspended 14 times between 1975 and 2017, most for administrative reasons. He also had eight speeding violations between 1975 and 2001.

At the time of the crash last Thursday, he had valid driving privileges, a valid commercial driver's license and a valid school bus endorsement.

According to new video shown to an NJ.com reporter, before the bus collided with the dump truck it merged onto Interstate 80 and then turned sharply toward an illegal U-turn area.

The bus driver's son says his father told him he didn't make a U-turn.

NJ.com reports the department of transportation video its reporter viewed shows the bus merging from Route 206 onto Interstate 80 before turning at a nearly perpendicular angle toward a crossover area. Police use the area for turnarounds but civilian turns aren't allowed.

Ten-year-old Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson died Thursday when the bus collided with a dump truck.

Police declined to comment on the video, which hasn't been publicly released. Morris County prosecutors didn't immediately respond to questions about it.