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Authorities: driver at fault in bus wreck crashed before

3 years 1 month 4 days ago November 01, 2013 Nov 1, 2013 Friday, November 01 2013 November 01, 2013 9:21 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

PORT ALLEN- State Police said a 77-year-old bus driver caused a wreck that sent 21 school children to area hospitals Friday afternoon.

Richard N. Lee, Jr. was cited for the crash on LA 415 near Highway 190.  According to authorities, he'd been involved and believed at fault for another crash involving a school bus last year.

Friday, Lee was driving a bus that rear-ended another school bus that had stopped and activated warning lights, police said. Investigators said they are unsure why Lee failed to stop.

Ambulances and AirMed transported the injured students and Lee.

Both buses are operated by First Student for the West Baton Rouge Parish School System.  The company said it will remove the driver from service pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

The company said it screens drivers when they are hired, including performing background and driving record checks.
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