Posted: Dec 3, 2010 6:19 PM by Maddie Garrett
Questions about a bus stop location are being raised after a semi-truck crashed into a school bus early Friday morning. With speed limits up to 65 miles per hour and 18-wheelers constantly on the highway, this isn't the first accident involving a semi on Highway 190. But it was a first for a school bus, and that has St. Landry Parish leaders and parents upset.
"I was just thankful that my son is a car-rider, because I've always wondered why they have a bus stop on such a busy street," said Erica Sheffield, who lives right next to the bus stop.
Her 13-year-old son, Jordan Watts, wasn't on the bus Friday morning but he saw the accident happen practically in his own front yard.
"All of sudden I hear a big boom and I walk outside and I see the 18-wheeler -- just smoke coming out -- and I hear the bus just rolling out and I saw the back of it smashed in and I see the kids on the side of the road," said Watts.
Watts says the shocking morning led to an even more difficult day at school.
"It's pretty tough, especially when you see all these kids crying and everything," he said.
Now the bus pick up that happens every day at the end of their drive is coming into question by Parish leaders.
"We're going to get with our transportation director to try and work out and try to designate bus stops where these kids would be off the main highway way," said School Board Member Anthony Standberry.
Erica and her family know the little girl seriously injured in the accident, because she lives right down the street from their house and the bus stop.
"They pick up right here at the end of my drive and she had just gotten on...It's just too busy and this highway never slows down," said Sheffield.
Changing the bus stops won't be easy, but Standberry hopes to do just that. He says they'll start by holding a special meeting to discuss changes.