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Man charged in crash with school bus

An elderly Louisiana man has been charged with Felony Injury to a Child following a near tragic crash he initiated with a school bus carrying children. Furthermore, 72-year-old, Robert Watson was traveling on US Highway 96 early Wednesday morning in Kirbyville, La, when he hit the back of a school bus which was stopped and loading a student. Luckily at the last minute just before the crash, the bus driver veered left when she saw Watson’s vehicle heading for impact. Therefore, there were likely fewer injuries reported than would have been if not for the quick thinking of the bus driver.

When Watson hit the back of the bus, the child boarding was in search of a seat. Out of the 53 students on board, six were injured and treated at a nearby hospital. The driver of the bus and Watson did not get hurt in the crash. An investigation is being conducted following the crash, and authorities have passed the case onto the Jasper County District Attorney’s Office due to the size of injured children, and evidence on the scene. If convicted, Watson could serve up to 180 days to two years in prison, and face a $10,000 fine.

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