Baton Rouge man cited in field trip bus trip to New Orleans

Baton Rouge man cited in field trip bus trip to New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It happened around 10 a.m. on I-10 eastbound in Laplace.

State Police said two charter buses carrying students from Lee High School in Baton Rouge bound for New Orleans were involved. The students, who were 16 and 17, were to attend a Pelicans' basketball game as a reward for good behavior.

"Approximately 28 students were transported to various hospitals, all with very minor injuries," said State Trooper Melissa Matey.

According to investigators, there were three charter buses heading east and one of them slammed into the rear of another.

"While they were traveling on I-10 around mile post 209.4, one bus that was traveling in the left lane began to slow down because of congestion at that time.  The bus that was traveling behind the one that was slowing did not slowdown in time and rear-ended the other bus," Matey said.

The driver, 59-year-old Jewell Mendes of Baton Rouge, was cited for careless operation of a vehicle.  A total of 108 students were on the buses involved in the crash.

The third bus was not involved in the accident.

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