Paramus, NJ - Just this past Tuesday, it was confirmed that Hudy Muldrow, Sr., a 77-year old with 14 license suspensions, was the operator of the ill-fated school bus that collided with a dump truck in Mt. Olive on Thursday May 17th, injuring dozens, and killing two. A peek into Muldrow's driving history revealed a pattern of irresponsible driving, spanning 4 decades.
In addition to the suspensions, he has been cited for multiple moving violations, including speeding, careless driving and unsafe operation of a vehicle. Despite his dangerous driving record, he was allowed to transport nearly 50 students, chaperones, and teachers on a school bus bound for Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ.
It was during this drive, that Mr. Muldrow made an illegal U-Turn after he missed the exit for Waterloo Village and tried to turn around on the center medium, onto the westbound side of I-80, where collided with the dump truck. The crash was so intense that the undercarriage of the school bus was sheared off.
In light of these findings, the Paramus School district has some explaning to do. How on earth was this man allowed to operate a school bus, with dozens of lives in his hands?
While officials state they had no idea his driving record was so blemished, someone must have known. How did this fall through the cracks? Who is at fault? Despite the answers that may surface within the next days and weeks, a sobering reality remains: there are people gone, dozens injured - families whose lives will never be the same - because someone, somewhere didn't do their job.