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21 injured after buses wreck

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PORT ALLEN - School administrators said 21 students were hurt after a pair of buses wrecked in West Baton Rouge Parish Friday afternoon.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. north of Port Allen on Highway 415, near the intersection with Highway 620. Two children were airlifted to hospitals in Baton Rouge and New Roads, while others taken by ambulance according to State Police.

While there were no serious injuries, a rescue helicopter was used to quickly move children from the crash scene to doctors.

State Police said the buses were from Chamberlin Elementary and Devall Middle School. Witnesses said both buses were operated by First Student.

Parents said one of the buses was stopped with its warning lights on when the other bus hit it from behind. They said the second bus was going about 45 miles per hour, and didn't slow down before hitting the front bus.

State Police said they cited the driver of the second bus, Richard Lee, for careless operation today. Troopers said he was also cited 18 months ago for a wreck while operating a school bus which he caused.

News 2 crews will have live updates from the scene coming up at 5 and 6 p.m.


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