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Update: Bus Incidents

School district officials reported details on the two separate bus accidents that took place on Wednesday, December 7, 2017. The first wreck occurred off of Cameron Street at Cedar Crest Court. Students riding that bus attend L.J. Alleman Middle School, and there were no student injuries. The bus driver was not cited for the incident. The second wreck occurred near the intersection of Settlers Trace at Martial Drive. Initially, 2 injuries were reported: a minor laceration and a potential wrist injury. The student with the laceration was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The bus driver in that incident was not cited. Lafayette Parish Schools have an established procedure for all bus accidents:

1) The driver surveys the situation to make sure there is no more danger.

2) The driver alerts the Police.

3) The driver alerts the Central Office of the accident. The Central Office in turn alerts the school of the accident and lines up additional transportation if needed.

4) The driver compiles a roster of all students who are still on the bus, if any, for the police and Risk Management.

5) After being alerted the school sends a representative to help with notifying parents.

6) A district staff member drives to the accident scene to assist with notifying parents.

7) A mandatory drug test is scheduled for the driver of the bus through the office of Risk Management, even if the accident occurs after hours.

8) If the bus needs to be towed, a wrecker service is lined up through the maintenance department.

9) Incident reports are filed with the office of Risk Management by the driver. This generally takes place within 24 hours of the accident.

10) Once the police report is finalized it is sent to Risk Management and added to the incident file.

11) In most cases a parent meets with the district or school representative at the scene, in order to pick up their child. LPSS employees remain at the site until law enforcement clears the scene and releases the bus.

As always, the safety of our students is the district’s highest priority, and we are grateful that there were no serious injuries. Parents and the public are encouraged to contact the Transportation Department with any concerns relating to transportation at 521-7447.