Update: Students, driver doing well following school bus acciden - KLFY News 10

Update: Students, driver doing well following school bus accident


School officials say the school bus driver and attendant are doing well after a three vehicle accident involving a Lafayette Special Needs school bus on Monday.

The driver, Don Theriot, will be back on his route Wednesday morning and the attendant Tammy will be on the route Tuesday afternoon.

Both students were at school Tuesday and no real injuries to report. Minor scrapes and a few bruises but overall they are good shape as well.

Four people were sent to the hospital following a three vehicle accident involving a Lafayette Special Needs school bus.

The school bus was heading westbound and was stopped at the intersection of Cameron Street and Jenkins Road in Scott when it was struck from behind by another vehicle.

"The bus was at a standstill and the Tahoe smashed and rear ended the bus," said Sandra Billeaudeau, Assistant Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools. Billeaudeau said they received a call around 2:55 p.m. Monday afternoon concerning the accident involving one of their special needs busses with four occupants on board. 

"There were two children on the bus. They had moderate injuries with cuts and bruises," said Billeaudeau. The bus driver, Don Theriot, received minor neck injuries and the teacher assistant who was also on the bus walked away without any injuries. The driver of the Tahoe involved is being treated at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center with more serious injuries.

"The motorist that struck us from behind, was seriously injured and is still in the emergency room," said Damon Evans, Director of Transportation at Lafayette Parish School Board. Evans said the force from the hit was so hard that it caused another accident.

"The actual vehicle from behind that hit us with such a force that it hit the vehicle in front of us," said Evans. Occupants in the third vehicle were left without any injuries. There is no word at this time as to what caused the driver of the vehicle to rear-end the school bus.

Evans said there has been about nine accidents involving school busses recently and urges drivers to proceed with caution when near them.

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