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2 dead, dozens hurt in St. John Parish bus accident

29 August 2016

The westbound lanes of Interstate 10 in Laplace is closed due to a fatal traffic accident involving a charter bus.

Trooper Melissa Matey said an unidentified occupant of the auto and Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin were killed.

The driver was Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, an illegal immigrant from Honduras, Matey said.

Rodriguez was driving a bus filled with workers coming from New Orleans to assist with flood relief efforts in Baton Rouge. She says Chief Spencer Chauvin was among three firefighters thrown off the raised section of Interstate 10 near LaPlace and into water below.

Chauvin was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

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In a statement Sunday afternoon, Robottom described Chauvin as "one of the bravest and most dedicated firefighters that I know". She says the injured include the dozens of people on the bus, occupants of three other vehicles, and two firefighters.

About 30 to 40 passengers were on board the bus, according to police, who were "daily hires" to do construction and help rebuild after the severe flooding that has hit Louisiana.

A backseat passenger of a Toyota Camry also involved in the crash was declared deceased at the scene, according to Louisiana State Police, and the driver and front passenger were transported to local hospitals. Rodriguez, who is from Honduras, was in the USA illegally, the network reported, citing Matey.

This was a horrific accident and one that is still very active.

State Police told Fox 8 firefighters responding to the earlier crash were attempting to close Interstate 10 just west of New Orleans when the bus lost control for unknown reasons and struck a fire engine on scene.

2 dead, dozens hurt in St. John Parish bus accident