BRPD: School bus, dump truck involved in accident

A McKinley Magnet Middle School student was transported to a hospital Friday after sustaining what was described as minor injuries in an accident involving a school bus and a dump truck, authorities said.

The accident occurred at 3:20 p.m. at Greenwell Springs Road and Greenway Drive, Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

The bus was on Greenway and attempting to turn on to Greenwell Springs when the dump truck struck the driver’s side of the bus, McKneely said. He said he did not know whether the bus was turning left or right from Greenway onto Greenwell Springs.

Susan Nelson, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, said the student, who was not identified, was transported by Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

She said a school system representative met the family at the hospital.

Assistant Superintendent Herman Brister Sr. said some parents also took other students to hospitals for treatment. He said he could not release any other details about the accident.

McKneely said the bus driver, whose name was not available, was cited with failure to yield. School officials and police did not have information available late Friday on the number of students on the bus at the time of the crash.

Lyn Smith, mother of Aria Smith, 14, and Amir Smith, 11, said after the accident that she was debating whether or not to bring her daughter Aria to the hospital because she had a bump on her head.

“I’m just blessed it wasn’t (worse) than it was,” Lyn Smith said.

She said she received a call about the accident from one of the children on the bus, not her own. She described the scene when she arrived as “scary, extremely scary.”

Smith said she was startled to see blood on her daughter when she arrived, but learned the blood was from a student her daughter said she was trying to help after the crash.

Aria said she remembers people were playing and joking around and then the next thing she knew, her classmates were on the ground.

She said she tried to help as many people as she could and picked several up off the floor.

Her brother Amir said he didn’t remember much of what happened. He said he was looking out the window and then his “head went face first into the window” when the crash occurred.