Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:21 PM by Brittany Weiss
Updated: Feb 5, 2013 6:57 PM
NEW ROADS - State Police say 38-year-old Jody Harris of Ventress died after colliding with a school bus this morning.
Harris, who investigators said was wearing a seatbelt at the time, drifted into oncoming traffic while rounding a curve on Hwy. 415 near Chenal Rd and hit a bus head-on.
There were nine children and two adults on the bus. All escaped with minor injuries. Children under five were buckled in using a five-point restraint system called SafeGuard STAR.
Superintendent of Pointe Coupee Parish Schools Linda D'Amico says it was those seatbelts that saved their lives.
"Very fortunate on the part of the children," said D'Amico "Also fortunate that only nine children had been picked up at the time of the accident."
Harris was also wearing a seatbelt, but it didn't help in this case.
"This is a high-speed area, a lot of people come around this curve pretty quickly," said Louisiana State Trooper Jared Sandifer. "There was a lot of fog this morning, so that may have been a factor as well."
Investigators sent a sample of Harris' blood to the State Police Crime Lab to test for any impairment.