Crash involved Lafayette Parish school bus carrying at least thirty students; those that were killed were not wearing seat belts
Lafayette (KADN) — A community is in mourning after four people were killed in a tragic car accident in St. Mary parish. It happened on Saturday on US Highway 90. Police say an SUV crashed into a Lafayette parish school bus carrying the Lafayette High School baseball team. We're told something went wrong with one of the SUV's tires, causing the driver to veer off and cross over the median hitting that school bus. The driver of the SUV and three people in the car were all killed, none of them wearing seat belts. The one person in the SUV who was wearing a seat belt is recovering tonight. Eight people on the bus got hurt, but we're told they just had minor injuries.
"Wearing a seat belt greatly reduces your risk of injury in crashes. Making sure that you're properly restrained every single time you get on the roadway is the best chance to survive a crash," says Trooper Stephen Hammons, state police troop I.
"Our staff and the parents really responded to the children's needs and that's our main concern is how the kids are feeling and of course the coaches along with the bus driver, making sure that we're responsive to their needs at this time," says Sandra Billeaudeau, Assistant Superintendent of Lafayette Parish School System.
Billeaudeau says the passengers on the bus are extremely grateful to the bus driver, 40 year old Amy Dore, for reacting so well during the crash making sure the bus did not tip over. There is a candlelight vigil being held at Patterson Jr. High tonight at 5:30 pm to remember the four victims, and a Cheatam-Escort Benefit Account has been set up at Whitney/Hancock bank with all proceeds going toward funeral costs. Anyone wishing to donate can go to any Whitney/Hancock branch.