Here we go again folks or is it still? No DL, probably no insurance under the circumstance, here illegally
The bus was full of workers headed to Baton Rouge on Interstate 10 to help with flood cleanup, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Melissa Matey.
The driver was Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, an undocumented immi___GRANT from Honduras, Matey said.
One of those killed was St. John the Baptist Parish Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin, Matey said.
The wreck happened at 6:40 a.m when the black charter bus came up on a blocked crash scene on Interstate 10 where Chauvin and two firefighters were assisting at a minor accident near LaPlace, Louisiana, west of New Orleans by Lake Pontchartrain.
"The bus driver lost control of the bus, struck a fire truck, veered across the right lane, striking other vehicles, then veered and struck three firefighters, who, all three, were thrown over the guardrail," Matey said.
While the bus was transporting workers, it was a party bus belonging to Kristina's Transportation LLC/AM Party Bus out of Jefferson, Louisiana, Matey said.
Police are still investigating the crash, she said.
As the 2002 Eldorado National bus, which was speeding, approached the crash scene, it clipped the fire truck, police said.
The bus then struck the rear of the Camry, shoving it into the rear of the Silverado and a flatbed trailer.
The bus then veered and struck all three firefighters, hurling them into water about 35-feet below, police said.
Chauvin died at a hospital, police said.
Donna Vicknair, a longtime employee with the St. John the Baptist Parish, said Chauvin comes from a firefighting family. His father, Ivy "Sonny" Chauvin, is a retired fire chief and both his brothers work as firefighters.
Vicknair said Chauvin was a volunteer until 2004, when the department went from volunteer to full time and he chose to make firefighting his career. He was married and leaves behind two young children, a boy and a girl.
"He will be missed a whole lot around here," she said. "I will always remember Chief Chauvin as a good person."
One of Chauvin's brothers, Lance Chauvin, posted his thoughts on his Facebook page: "Never in my life did I expect to lose my brother. Everyone knows how dangerous our job is. We know how dangerous our job is. He gave his life to make other people's lives better. He was doing what he loved. Maybe one day I'll be half the man you are. Fly High Spencer."