St. Mary

Feb 28, 2014 3:59 PM by Ian Auzenne

NTSB still investigating fatal St. Mary crash

The National Transportation and Safety Board is continuing its investigation into the crash two weeks ago involving an SUV and a school bus carrying the Lafayette High baseball team in which four people in the SUV were killed and several people on the school bus were injured.

NTSB officials say they are looking into a number of safety issues pertaining to the crash, including the tire failure on the SUV that caused the crash, the design and structure of the bus and the SUV, the protection of the passengers in both the SUV and the school bus, and whether a protective barrier along the side of the highway could have prevented the accident from happening or reduced the severity of the crash.

In addition, NTSB investigators will examine how road surface conditions, the posted speed, average daily traffic, and crash history in the area may have played a part in the crash. The NTSB says it will also investigate how and why the car suffered a blowout and if driver fatigue or impairment played a role in the crash.

Four of the five passengers in the SUV--LaDonna Cheatham; her son, Markus; her daughter, Destiny; and her nephew, DeWayne Escort--died in the crash. Their funeral will take place tomorrow.

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