ST. HELENA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana State Police is investigating a crash that sent 38 children to the hospital.
The two-vehicle crash happened on Hwy. 43 on Muse Rd shortly before 8 a.m. It involved a school bus, which overturned, and a second vehicle.
According to investigators, the bus was traveling northbound on Hwy. 43 and attempted to make a left turn on to Muse Rd. That's when the driver of a truck crashed into the left side of the bus. The bus overturned and came to rest on its side.
Officials confirm there were 38 children, ranging in ages from 4 to 11, on the bus at the time of the crash. Acadian Ambulance transported 11 children to North Oaks Medical Center with minor to moderate injuries. Ten other children were taken to North Oaks in private vehicles.
Another 17 children were taken to St. Helena Hospital and another two were transported to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. North Oaks released the following statement in response to the incident:
A representative with the St. Helena Parish School System say the bus was headed to St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy and the Early Learning Center. They say this was a regular bus route. They also noted that the driver was not ticketed and was properly licensed.
The condition of the driver in the second vehicle has not been provided. However, the individual will be ticketed.