Two people are dead and 30 injured after a party bus driven by an illegal resident smashed into a fire truck and other vehicles on I-10 in St. John the Baptist Parish near LaPlace. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says the bus hit a fire truck that responded to an earlier single vehicle wreck.
"The bus was out of control, struck a fire truck that was blocking the right lane, continued on in the left lane, struck the rear of Toyota Camry," Matey said.
Matey says one of the fatal victims was District Chief Spencer Chauvin with the St. John the Baptist Fire Department.
"There were three St. John firefighters that were standing near the right guardrail, all three were struck by that bus and all three were thrown over the side of the elevated portion of the interstate," Matey said.
Matey says the bus also hit two other vehicles during the crash. A passenger in of those vehicles was also killed, 21-year-old Jermaine Starr of Moss Point, MS. She says the driver of the bus did not have a driver's license and faces criminal charges, including negligent homicide.
"We have identified the bus driver as Dennis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez of Honduras, he's in this country illegally," Matey said.
Matey the passengers in the bus were headed to the Baton Rouge area seeking work in the flood recovery efforts. Two people, including another fire fighter, suffered critical injuries. All other injuries in this incident are considered moderate to minor.