Fog believed to be contributing fact in fatal crash involving school bus
POSTED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 7:04pm
POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Officials believe fog to be a contributing factor in a crash that claimed the life of one woman and sent three children and a school bus driver to the hospital this morning. The StormTracker33 Team warns all motorists that fog will be thick over the next several days.
The crash happened at roughly 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of LA 415 and LA 42-64 in Pointe Coupee Parish. The crash took the life of Jody T. Harris, 38, of Ventress. State Troopers say it the foggy condition this morning is just as dangerous as distracted driving.
"During times of high fog, what people need to do is turn the lights on and slow down a bit," Jared Sandifer, Louisiana State Police, said.
Troopers say, in this case, fog, speed, and curves in the road were all contributing factors.
"An SUV was heading northbound on LA 415 and for unknown reasons it crossed the center line and hit a southbound school bus, which was carrying several children," notes Officer Sandifer.
Nine children were on the bus. The driver and three students went to the hospital to be treated and they are all expected to recover.
"When it’s rainy or it's foggy you need to slow down and make sure your headlights are on keep those distractions away from you,” says Officer Sandifer. “Don't reach down to your phone don't text on your phone just cause you think you might be in a rural area there are still other vehicles on the road so don't let your guard down while your driving."
Foggy conditions can be expected through the weekend. Models show the conditions should improve by Sunday, Feb. 10.
The crash is still under investigation, and a toxicology report was sent in for Jody Harris.