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Driver in critical condition after Slidell Ace Hardware parking lot crash

(Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page) (Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page)
(Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page) (Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page)
(Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page) (Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page)
(Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page) (Source: Slidell Police Department Facebook Page)
SLIDELL, LA (WAFB) -

The driver who caused a multiple vehicle crash after striking a school bus is in critical condition, officials say.

According to the Slidell Police Department, the crash happened at roughly 11 a.m. on Monday, March 24. Investigators believe the driver of a 1995 Jeep Wrangler was driving "recklessly and at a high rate of speed" on Pontchartrain Drive when the initial crash occurred.

"The Jeep clipped a school bus, which did not have any children on it at the time, causing the driver of the Jeep to lose control of the vehicle," officials said in a press release.  

The Jeep then crossed lanes and went into the parking lot of an Ace Hardware store. The Jeep then hit the vehicles that were parking in front of the store.

"Miraculously, no other people were injured during the crash," the press release noted. "The Jeep struck a parked car, which literally pushed the car back over 100 feet, then flipped and landed on top of two other parked vehicle."

The driver was rushed to University Hospital in New Orleans where is currently being treated.

"Police still don't know why the driver was driving in a reckless manner, and are still not sure how fast the Jeep was traveling at the time of the crash," the release added. "At this time, it is believed the driver was not wearing a seat belt, and authorities don't know if drugs and/or alcohol were a factor in the crash."

The investigation is ongoing.

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