Funds sought to help Lafayette bus driver in head-on collision

Joshua McBride doesn’t know Amy Dore, but like many in Acadiana he now knows what she did on Feb. 15.

The Lafayette Parish schools bus driver is credited with preventing more injuries and loss of life that Saturday morning by maintaining control of her bus, carrying the Lafayette High baseball team and coaches, when it was struck head-on by an SUV. Four of the five passengers in the SUV died in the collision, apparently caused after the SUV’s tire blew.

Several Lafayette High students and one assistant coach were injured and are recuperating.

Last week, McBride set up an online account through Go Fund Me to help Dore replace her bus. McBride, a HomeBank employee, also set up a HomeBank account for those who prefer not donating online. So far, more than $4,200 has been raised.

“I believe in paying it forward,” McBride said. “A lot of people don’t always get the recognition that they deserve, so she’s like the little person that did everything she could.

“I just want people to know that.”

McBride, 28, is a former University of Louisiana at Lafayette bus driver familiar with the expenses involved with maintaining a bus and other costs that aren’t covered by insurance.

“I know how much the upkeep is. I used to work with our mechanic and head drivers,” McBride said. “A lot of people don’t see or realize how much it costs to go to purchase a bus or how much it costs to replace parts, which can cost up to $16,000.”

It could cost about $85,000 to purchase a new bus, said Damon Evans, Lafayette Parish schools transportation director.

McBride said while insurance will help, some expenses, like repairs he said he learned Dore recently made to the vehicle, won’t be covered. The fundraising goal is $20,000.

“We’ll try to reach as far as we can,” McBride said.

Dore has been employed as a contract bus driver with the school system since 2003. She returned to her route the Monday afternoon following the accident as a bus assistant, riding along — not driving — with a substitute driver.