WALKER -- A bus driver and a child suffered minor injuries Wednesday afternoon when a Livingston Parish school bus overturned on Arnold Road.
Assistant Superintendent Joe Murphy said the only persons on the bus were the driver and a child. A witness said the child was related to the bus driver.
Both were taken to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center as a “precautionary measure,” he said.
They were listed in stable condition with minor injuries.
Brandon Seaman, who lives in an RV trailer on the property where the accident occurred, pulled both the driver and the student from the bus. The student, reportedly an 11-year-old girl, suffered a severe laceration just above her forehead.
Both were conscious, he said.
"We've had quite a few wrecks over the 10 years I've lived here, and it's a bad area, but we've never had a school bus accident here," Seaman said.
Seaman said the bus nosedived before it completely flipped.
"I heard a loud screech, like an 18-wheeler, and then a loud boom and another ... almost like a bad explosion," he said. "When I saw it was a bus, I ran out there because all I could think about was how many kids could've been on the bus.
"One injury is too many, but this looks like it could've been so much worse," Seaman said.
The Walker Police Department first reported that police were responding at 3:45 p.m. to a report of a vehicle overturned on Arnold Road east of Percy Young Road.
The bus came to rest in a ditch on Arnold Road after flipped along a 10-12 foot. incline.
The area is north of Walker.
It was reported that the bus was used for special education students.
No details were available on how the accident occurred, but the assistant school superintendent said there would be a full investigation.
Social media quickly spread word of the accident, with some Walker area schools sending out messages that their students were safe and not involved in the wreck.
An Arnold Road resident also offered help to motorists blocked by the wreck and investigating officers.
“If anyone needs to park or turn around in my driveway, feel free and don't worry about driving on the grass,” wrote Don Galvez, of 12455 Arnold Road.