A school bus crash Thursday morning sent eight Park Elementary School students to the hospital with minor injuries, according to police and school officials.
The bus driver and witnesses told police that the bus was traveling north on North 27th Street around 8 a.m. when a Mazda Millenia traveling east on Gayosa Street failed to stop for a stop sign and struck the driver’s side of the bus, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said in a news release.
The driver of the Mazda jumped out of the car and took off running from the scene of the accident, Coppola said.
Nineteen Park Elementary School students were on the bus at the time of the accident, eight of whom were taken by ambulance to local hospitals, East Baton Rouge Parish School System spokeswoman Adonica Pelichet Duggan said in an email. The students were treated and released from Baton Rouge General and Our Lady of the Lake Hospitals for minor injuries, Duggan said. She said Superintendent Warren Drake and Park Elementary Principal Em LeBlanc Cooper met with parents at both locations.
Coppola said the driver of the Mazda has not yet been identified. The crash remains under investigation.