Sheriff: Man dead, his brother in critical condition following ‘tragic accident’ involving party bus

21-year-old man dies after "tragic accident" involving party bus, sheriff says

ASCENSION PARISH, La. (WAFB) - A man has died following an accident involving a party bus near Airline Highway on Saturday, Feb. 8., according to Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre.

Webre said Austin Jenkins, 21, of Berwick, died on Feb. 12 from injuries suffered during the accident.

Jenkins’ 19-year-old brother was also injured in the accident and remains in critical condition in a local hospital.

The incident happened shortly before 4 a.m. on Feb. 8 near Airline Highway, south of I-10.

Webre said on Feb. 12 that the preliminary investigation "indicates there is no sign of foul play and appears to be a tragic accident.”

Initially, the sheriff said on Feb. 8 that the two men were critically injured when they both “jumped off the back of the bus for unknown reasons.”

Deputies say 40 people were on the party bus at the time of the incident, which was traveling back to Thibodaux from Baton Rouge.

The incident remains under investigation.

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