St. John the Baptist Parish, LA (NBC News) – Two people were killed and dozens more were injured after a speeding rental bus carrying construction workers crashed into a fire truck at the scene of an earlier crash on a Louisiana highway Sunday, state police said.
The 7:17 a.m. crash on Interstate 10 westbound in St. John the Baptist Parish threw three firefighters over a guardrail, sending them plummeting 30 to 40 feet into water below, state police said.
St. John the Baptist Parish Fire Chief Spencer Chauvin, 36, died, and a passenger in another car that was also struck was killed, Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey said. Three others in the car that was struck were injured, one of whom was in critical condition.
“This is a very sad day for all first responders in Louisiana,” Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the St. John the Baptist Fire Department.”
Authorities planned to charge the bus driver, Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, 37, with two counts of negligent homicide, reckless operation and other crimes, Matey said. Additional charges were expected.
She said that Rodriguez, a Honduran national, was in the country illegally and was driving without a license.