Distracted driver crashes into school bus - KLFY News 10

Distracted driver crashes into school bus

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Louisiana State police responded to a crash on April 14 involving a pickup truck and a school bus in the community of Gillis in Calcasieu Parish that resulted in two injuries including a child on the bus.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a Ram pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Tyler Moses of Longville was traveling south on U.S. Highway 171 north of Joe Miller Road in the left travel lane.  A Calcasieu Parish school bus was stopped in the right lane of travel with red warning lights illuminated and stop signs deployed to pick up children.  Moses encountered vehicles in the left lane stopped for the bus, braked hard, and steered into the rear of the bus causing the crash. 

Moses, who was wearing a seatbelt, as well as a child on the bus received minor injuries.  Cell phone use on the part of Moses is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Moses was charged with careless operation, texting while driving, and failure to stop for a school bus.  Texting while driving in Louisiana carries a fine of up to $175 for a first offense and up to $500 for a second or subsequent offense.  The fine is doubled if a crash results.

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