By Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on November 07, 2012 at 5:34 PM, updated November 07, 2012 at 6:47 PM Email | Print
Four children and a school bus driver received minor injuries Wednesday morning when a pick-up truck collided with the bus on Horse Branch Road near the Penn Mill Lakes subdivision north of Covington, according to St. Tammany Fire Protection District 12 spokesman James Hartman. The driver of the pickup, Jose Correa of New Orleans, was not injured and was cited for careless operation of a motor vehicle, Hartman said.
The bus driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to St. Tammany Parish Hospital where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries, Hartman said. The passengers — children between 12 and 15-years-old — received minor scrapes and bruises, he said. None required medical attention.
Hartman said just before 9 a.m., a man driving a Ford F-350 was traveling at a high rate of speed while attempting to make a 90-degree turn onto Horse Branch Road. The driver tried to brake, Hartman said, but skidded about 70 feet and struck the front left corner of the bus underneath the driver’s position.
Firefighters from Fire District 12 and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded, Hartman said. Another bus arrived shortly after the collision to take the kids to school, Hartman said.