Mar 15, 2011 11:25 PM by Maddie Garrett

Bus Driver's Brother Talks About Deadly Accident

The school bus driver involved in the deadly accident in Milton is now receiving counseling. While driver Harold Thibeaux is unable to comment on the accident due to the investigation, his younger brother did speak out, saying his brother and their entire family are struggling with the tragic loss of six-year-old Lederion Miller.

"Just on behalf of the family and Harold, you know our sincere sorrow and condolences for the loss of Lederion, for their family," said John Thibeaux.

John has been through thick and thin with his older brother Harold, but Monday's deadly bus accident has proven to be one of the most difficult times for the two men.

"He's real devastated himself by the loss and hurt that, you know, that it had to happen to that youngster, that little baby," said John.

Sorrow and regret are two things John says his brother may always feel after the loss of young Miller.

"After all the investigators left and we were alone he broke down and cried and saying 'oh that young baby, that six year old baby,'" described John.

Harold has children and grandchildren of his own and John describes him as a sensitive man with a soft spot for kids.

"I know he cared. You got to love the kids and the atmosphere to do it. It's not any great salary that comes with the job but there's great responsibility," he said.

John said after talking with his brother, he believes it was all just a freak accident.

"He's been driving 23 years and nothing like this has ever happened," he said.

John said they're all praying for the Millers, and only wish they could turn back the clock and change what happened, especially his brother Harold.

"He's real hurt, you know, knowing that not much he can say or do to undo it," said John.

Harold Thibeaux has been placed on leave while the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Sffice continues the investigation. No charges have been filed yet.



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