BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – A woman was killed and nine others injured following a crash involving a school bus on Wednesday, Oct. 26, according to officials.
Police identified the woman killed in the crash as Cindy Anderson, 50.
The crash happened in the area of Florida Boulevard near Wooddale Boulevard just after 6:30 a.m.
According to BRPD, Anderson was driving a 2018 Toyota Camry and ran a stop sign on Fernwood Drive. Investigators said the car crashed into the side of an East Baton Rouge school bus that was traveling westbound on Florida Boulevard, causing the bus to roll onto its side.
Officials are looking into whether Anderson suffered a medical condition or if it was distracted driving.
Five students from Baton Rouge High School were injured in the crash and transported to a hospital. None of the students had life-threatening injuries, school officials said.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System issued the following statement about the bus crash:
An EBRPSS bus carrying 10 students was traveling on Florida Boulevard near Wooddale Blvd was struck by another vehicle at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday. The collision caused the bus to overturn into the roadway. The students were en route to Baton Rouge Magnet High School at the time of the accident.
The bus driver and eight of the students on board sustained minor injuries and were transported to hospitals for medical attention. EMS officials have confirmed that driver of the vehicle involved in the accident died at the scene. We are working with BRPD to gather more information, as the investigation is ongoing. Counselors were at the hospitals with the injured students and their families. I Care specialists will continue to provide support services on site at BRMHS for the remainder of the week.
EBRPSS expresses our deepest sympathy to all those impacted by the accident and will remain steadfast in our support for the community.
Florida Boulevard reopened just after 9 a.m., after the road was temporarily shut down due to the accident.
All lanes are open on US 190 West at US 61 (Airline Highway). Congestion has reached Monterrey Boulevard.
— Baton Rouge Traffic (@BR_Traffic) October 26, 2022
BREAKING: Florida Boulevard WEST (headed TOWARD downtown) is temporarily closed due to a crash investigation. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/hDmrGCIfEk
— WAFB First Alert Traffic (@WAFBTraffic) October 26, 2022
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