NEW ORLEANS - One woman was killed and four others were hospitalized after a car headed east on Interstate-10 lost control and went into westbound traffic, striking a tour bus carrying fifth-grade students from a Florida elementary school.
No one on the tour bus full of school children was injured. All of those who were hurt appeared to be in the car that struck the bus.
"The eastbound driver lost control .... It (the car) missed the first two buses -- we were in the third -- and our bus driver couldn't stop because she was she directly in front of us and we slammed into it with a busload full of kids heading to New Orleans. The bus driver saved our lives," said Ken Mara, a teacher from Walker Elementary School from Florida.
Traffic was halted in both directions on I-10 between Michoud Boulevard and the Twin Spans, a delay that has lasted close to two hours as of 12 p.m.
According to a teacher who was riding on the tour bus, the bus that was struck was one of three carrying students from Walker Elementary in Crestview, Fla. The car that entered the westbound lanes missed the first two buses and slammed into the third.