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December 07, 2010  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Student injured in school bus crash dies


PORT BARRE, La. — Five-year-old Karen Stoute died on Monday morning as a result of injuries she sustained during a school bus crash that occurred here last Friday. She was pronounced dead at Lafayette General Medical Center.

A 15-year-old student who was injured in the accident remains in critical condition at a local hospital. State Police Troopers also learned that an 8-year-old child originally listed in critical condition was released from the hospital with moderate injuries.

The crash on Friday occurred in the westbound lane of a highway and involved an 18-wheeler and a St. Landry Parish school bus.

According to investigating troopers, the school bus, driven by 67-year-old Gilfred Savoy, was stopped in the westbound right lane of the highway. 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 the bus’ warning devices still activated. As Savoy was beginning his movement, the 18-wheeler, driven by 52-year-old David Cox, struck the bus from behind.

Both drivers sustained minor injuries. There were 21 children on the bus at the time of the crash. In addition to the three aforementioned students, 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.

The crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

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How fast was the truck traveling. Was the driver of the truck paying attention. We have heard of this type of thing happening to many times. From reading the article I see nothing the bus driver did wrong. He did everything he was suppose to. Drivers do not turn their lights off as soon as the last student is on the bus, they are suppose to check mirrors and as they are pulling away and checking mirrors turn their lights off. This is not a blame game, the safety for the passengers on the bus is always priority. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the little girl and I wish a speedy recovery for all other injured parties.

velma mooney    |    Dec 09, 2010 06:04 AM

velma mooney    |    Dec 09, 2010 05:55 AM

Lights not being off before pulling away really has nothing to do with the truck hitting the bus in the rear. Perhaps the bus driver did see the truck and that’s why he moved without shutting them off. He may very well have saved move lives by moving away from the impact. We can speculate all day, that fact is it happened and a little girl lost her life and other children and people were injured. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of all involved and the transportation department as well.

Debby    |    Dec 08, 2010 06:05 AM

Why did the school bus driver not shut off his S.O.S. lights before he started moving his bus? And if he checked all of his zones for late comers and or trafic, didn't he see the truck approching?

Phil    |    Dec 07, 2010 07:33 PM

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