3-year-old dies after wreck involving school bus; 1 other dead

Bus vs. car Good Samaritan

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

UPDATE

Skylar West, the 3-year-old child who was injured in a wreck involving a school bus Tuesday morning, died Thursday, the Baton Rouge Police Department reports. West was the passenger in the vehicle that crashed into the back of the stopped school bus.

3 year old has died from crash injuries

ORIGINAL STORY

One person is dead after a crash involving a school bus and another vehicle Tuesday morning.

The Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed the driver of the car, Dandrew West, 33, involved in the crash has died. Sgt. Don Coppola with BRPD says a 3-year-old inside the car was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries. He added no other passengers were in the car.

The deadly wreck happened on Airline Highway at McClelland Drive just after 7 a.m. Airline was shutdown for some time because of the crash.

Police say the school bus was stopped in the inside northbound turning lane on Airline Highway in order to turn onto McClelland.

The Chrysler entered the turning lane behind the bus and, for unknown reasons, did not stop and collided into the rear of the bus.

Police say the school bus caught fire as a result of the wreck, but the flames were quickly put out. Police say a witness ran over and extinguished the fire. That Good Samaritan is Alexander Gaines.

“I happened to see a bus stop at the light on the right side of me. I’m getting ready to turn in front of me and here comes a Chrysler 200 out of nowhere. This guy was driving and he just ran clean under the bus,” Gaines said.

He says it was too late to save the car’s driver, but when firefighters arrived, he realized there was another person in the car. “I didn’t know there was a little girl in there. When the fireman came in, he looked in there through the debris and they seen a little girl in there. They yanked her out and they just ran with her and put her in the ambulance and took off with her,” he said.

Alexander Gaines and his boss at Roadrunner Towing, Judy Smart
Alexander Gaines and his boss at Roadrunner Towing, Judy Smart (WAFB)

They added no one on the bus was injured and the students were able to safely get off the bus after the crash.

The crash is still under investigation.

Liz Koh bus accident.

NEW: BRPD says a baby was transported to a local hospital. The baby was riding with the driver of the black vehicle. The driver of that vehicle is the one who died. ——- HAPPENING NOW: US 61 South is CLOSED at McClelland Drive. The children on the school bus are fine. There is one fatality with this accident and it was someone from the other vehicle. https://bit.ly/2POdxde

Posted by Liz Koh WAFB on Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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