LAPLACE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School System reported 28 Lee High School students were taken to hospitals with injuries after a crash on I-10 East near LaPlace involving two charter buses.
The school is located in Baton Rouge. Louisiana State Police reported all of the injuries are very minor.
Principal Nanette McCann said all of the injured students are walking around. She added those who were injured were taken to eight different hospitals. As of around 3 p.m., all but four children were released from the hospital.
EBRSS reported 150 students in three buses were headed to New Orleans for a field trip. They added the students are 16 and 17-year-olds. Adonica Pelichet Duggan with EBRSS said the students were going to New Orleans as a reward for good behavior. The students were scheduled to visit the National World War II Museum and then attend Friday night's home game for the Pelicans against the Sacramento Kings.
EBRSS officials reported the parents of the injured students have been contacted and told what hospital they were taken to and their condition.
According to LSP, one of the buses rear-ended the one in front of it. Troopers reported the driver of the bus that hit the one in front of it will be charged with careless operation.
Officials also said other buses were requested to pick up the students who weren't injured. School districts in LaPlace are helping to take those students back to Lee High. EBRSS officials said the students have been provided snacks and water. Officials asked parents to please not try to head to LaPlace to pick up their children. McCann said the students should be back at the school by 1:30 p.m.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development reported all lanes of I-10 East were reopened around 11:30 a.m.