PORT BARRE, La.
21 kids hurt when rig hits school bus
A tractor-trailer slammed into a school bus that had its lights flashing and stop signs extended, critically injuring three children and hurting the other 18 and both drivers, Louisiana State Police said Friday.
The bus driver — who also is a town mayor — and the trucker both had minor injuries, said Trooper Stephen Hammons. Most of the children, ranging in age from 5 to 17, had minor to moderate injuries, while two of those critically injured were ages 5 and 15, Hammons said.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. on a straight, clear stretch of U.S. 190 between Port Barre and Opelousas, about 50 miles west of Baton Rouge.
One seat had to be cut from the floor of the bus to free a trapped child, Hammons said.
The bus was driven by Port Barre Mayor Gil Savoy, 67, a retired school bus driver who was working as a substitute. Truck driver, David Cox, 52, of Dallas, was not immediately cited, but the investigation is ongoing, Hammons said. He said the bus was just starting to leave the bus stop with its warning lights flashing and its stop signs extended.
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