St. Landry

Dec 3, 2010 2:53 PM by Kate Mundy

Charges Pending in School Bus Crash

Three children remain in critical condition following a bus crash Friday morning near Port Barre. 21 students were on board the bus when an 18-wheeler rammed them from behind. One 5 year old child has brain swelling and is in ICU at Lafayette General Medical Center.

State Police sent the following press release this afternoon:

Today, Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle crash on US 190 westbound that left three children in critical condition.  The crash involved an 18-wheeler and a St. Landry Parish school bus.  

According to investigating troopers, on December 3, 2010, shortly before 7:30 a.m., a 1990 International school bus driven by 67-year-old Gilfred Savoy of Port Barre, LA, was stopped in the westbound right lane of US 190.  Savoy was actively picking up children and had the red lights and stop signs activated on the bus.  After the students finished boarding the bus, Savoy began to slowly proceed forward with all of his warning devices still activated.  As Savoy was beginning his movement, a 2010 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by 52-year-old David Cox of Dallas, TX, struck the bus from behind.  

Both drivers sustained minor injuries in the crash.  There were 21 children on the bus at the time of the crash.  Three of them ages 5, 15, and one other juvenile (age unknown at this time), sustained critical injuries in the crash.  All of the other children ranging in ages from 5 to 17-years-old, sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to local hospitals.  

Routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers.  The results of the samples are pending at the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.  Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.  This crash remains under investigation.  

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