Third crash for elderly bus driver injures 21 students

Published: Nov. 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM CST
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PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - According to Louisiana State Police, the 77-year-old school bus driver responsible for the crash that injured 21 students Friday also caused two other crashes while driving a school bus.

Richard N. Lee Jr., 77, of Port Allen was cited for careless operation. LSP says Lee rear-ended another school bus that was stopped at a home and had warning lights flashing. The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on River Road, just north of Port Allen.

Lee was going about 45 miles per hour.

LSP Trooper Jared Sandifer says they will review Lee's driving history.

State Police say all children had very minor injuries and were only taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

One bus was transporting students from Chamberlain Elementary and the other was transporting students from Devall Middle School. There were about 60 students involved.

The cause of Friday's crash is still under investigation. Sandifer says he doesn't believe Lee was distracted by a cellphone. Lee's license could be revoked because this is his third accident within the past 20 months.

Lee was not cited in the first two crashes and no serious injuries were reported.

First Student is the company who provides transportation for the schools, and if Lee receives any disciplinary action, it would come from First Student.

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