Bus carrying flood volunteers hits fire truck; 2 dead, dozens hurt
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -
SUNDAY UPDATE: Louisiana State Police say a Honduran man who had entered the United States illegally was driving a bus that hit a firetruck on an elevated highway, killing two people and injuring dozens.
Trooper Melissa Matey says the driver also did not have a commercial license. She says the bus was carrying flood recovery workers from New Orleans to Baton Rouge.
Matey says the dead include a local fire chief and a rear-seat occupant of a car also hit by the bus. She says the injured include the dozens of people on the bus, occupants of three other vehicles, and two firefighters. Most injuries were minor to moderate, but Matey says one firefighter is critically injured.
Matey says troopers are investigating whether the bus driver was employed by the owners, or was working for himself or someone who rented the bus.
ORIGINAL STORY: Louisiana State Police say an out-of-control bus carrying flood recovery volunteers hit a fire truck and firefighters who had responded to an earlier wreck, killing two people and injuring dozens.
Trooper Melissa Matey told local news outlets that the bus driver did not have a commercial license and was not authorized to drive a bus.
Matey says those killed Sunday morning include a local fire chief. She says Chief Spencer Chauvin was among three firefighters thrown off the raised section of Interstate 10 near LaPlace and into water below.
She says the 30 to 40 people on the bus suffered minor to moderate injuries.
Matey describes them as volunteers heading from New Orleans to Baton Rouge to help flood victims.
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