PRIDE, LA (WAFB) - Three students from Northeast High School in Pride were involved in a crash while on the way to school the morning of April 9, killing two and leaving the driver hospitalized.
Louisiana State Police reported the crash happened just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Plank Road and Port Hudson-Pride Road.
Eric Anderson, 14, a freshman at Northeast High, and Erica Anderson, 17, a senior at the school, both of Slaughter, died in the wreck, according to investigators. Eric Anderson died at the hospital the morning of the crash, while Erica Anderson succumbed to her injuries five days later. Ladaja Caines, 19, also of Slaughter, remains hospitalized.
Troopers said Caines was driving eastbound on Port Hudson-Pride Road in a 2003 Honda Accord when she failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck hit by a dump truck in the intersection.
They added none of the three people in the car had on their seatbelt and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the dump truck was properly buckled up and was not hurt in the wreck, investigators said.
Sr. Tpr. Bryan Lee with LSP said impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, but as with all deadly crashes on Louisiana highways, blood samples were taken from both drivers and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System said grief counselors were immediately sent to the school the day of the crash.