Police: 14-year-old killed in crash on way to school Monday morning, two more hurt
PRIDE - School officials say three local high school students were involved in a crash on the way to school Monday morning, leaving one student dead and the other two seriously injured.
The crash happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning at the intersection of Plank Road and Port Hudson-Pride Road.
State police say 19-year-old Ladaja Caines of Slaughter was traveling eastbound on Port Hudson-Pride Road with two other teens when she failed to yield at a stop sign. Police say a dump truck traveling north on Plank Road crashed into the vehicle after it ran the stop sign, seriously injuring all three inside.
East Baton Rouge Parish School officials confirmed Caines and her two passengers are students at Northeast High School. All three were taken to a hospital with serious injuries.
One of those passengers was 14-year-old Eric Anderson, who was later pronounced dead. His family was immediately notified and grief counselors were called to the school Monday.
Caines and the second passenger, an unidentified 17-year-old, are still in the hospital with serious injuries at the time of this post. None of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, according to police.
The driver of the dump truck was not seriously hurt.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System released the following statement Monday afternoon:
“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is heartbroken to share the news that today three students from Northeast High School were involved in a car accident. There was one fatality in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by this tragedy. Our school district is providing support for the students and faculty at Northeast High School. School guidance counselors, I CARE specialists, and other support staff will be on campus providing support over the next several days.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.