Apr 14, 2014 2:36 PM by Letitia Walker; Picture from KPLC

Troopers say texting while driving likely caused bus crash

Troopers in Calcasieu Parish are investigating a bus crash that left two people injured, including a child on the bus. It happened just before 7:30 a.m. this morning in the community of Gillis.

Troopers say a Ram pickup truck driven by 19-year-old Tyler Moses of Longville was traveling south on U.S. Highway 171, north of Joe Miller Road, in the left travel lane. A Calcasieu Parish school bus was stopped in the right lane of travel with red warning lights illuminated and stop signs deployed to pick up children. Moses allegedly drove up on vehicles in the left lane that stopped for the bus, braked hard, and steered into the rear of the bus causing the crash.

Moses, as well as a child on the bus, received minor injuries. Troopers say cell phone use on the part of Moses is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

Moses was charged with careless operation, texting while driving, and failure to stop for a school bus.

Texting while driving in Louisiana carries a fine of up to $175 for a first offense and up to $500 for a second or subsequent offense. The fine is doubled if a crash results.



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