Undocumented Bus Driver Crashed Bus, Killing Two
Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
Two people were killed, and many were injured in a charter
bus accident that police say the driver was an undocumented immigrant. The bus was
traveling to Baton Rouge and was carrying dozens of workers who were going
to help with flood cleanup, according to Louisiana State Police Trooper.
The accident happened on Sunday morning at approximately 6:40 a.m on Interstate
10 in Louisiana. The charter bus came up on another minor accident on
Interstate near LaPlace, Louisiana, west of New Orleans by Lake Pontchartrain.
Three firefighters were on the scene assisting. The police say the bus
driver lost control of the bus and struck the three firefighters, the
fire truck, and several other vehicles including a Camry. Officials say
all three men were thrown over the guardrail and fell into the water about
One of those killed was 36-year-old St. John the Baptist Parish Fire District
Chief. The other person killed was a 21-year-old passenger in the backseat
of the Camry. Dozens of people were taken to various hospitals and many
remain in critical condition. Police say the bus driver was speeding at
the time of the accident, and wet roads may have contributed to the crash.
Police have discovered the driver of the charter bus wasn't licensed
to drive and was an undocumented immigrant from Honduras. The bus driver
was treated at a hospital and then detained by police at the St. John
the Baptist Correctional Center. He is charged with driving without a
driver's license, two counts of negligent homicide, and reckless operation.
The 2002 Eldorado National bus was owned by Kristina's Transportation
LLC/AM Party Bus out of Jefferson, Louisiana and was being used to transported
flood relief workers. Police are still investigating who chartered the bus.
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