Deputies rescue children from flooded bus
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies rescued a group of 20 children from a flooded-out school bus in East Baton Rouge Monday morning.
The sheriff's office said deputies were called to the stranded bus from Northeast Elementary around 8:20 a.m. The bus was driving through high water in the 20000 block of Carson when its engine stalled, according to EBRSO.
The bus driver walked through the water, to seek help. She knocked on Kelly Doucet's Door.
"I asked her if there were any kids on the bus and she said that there were," said Doucet. "I'm thinking is there anybody with them and she said no."
Doucet said she drove the bus driver as close to the stalled bus as possible. The bus driver walking back through the rushing water to get to the bus. Deputies showed up about 10 minutes later.
Deputies used a pickup to get the kids off the bus, one at a time.
"I couldn't believe it because no one has ever tried to drive through that water, especially not a school bus with kids on it, not as long as I've lived here," said Doucet.
The sheriff's office advised people not to try driving through water high enough that drivers can't see the surface of the road.
A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System tells News Two the drivers are provided with training to handle potentially dangerous situations and have reminded the bus drivers of appropriate procedures.
EBRPSS also says only special education buses and trail buses have radios on board.