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An 18-wheeler burns Friday morning on U.S. 190 after an accident with a Livingston Parish school bus between Satsuma Road and Frost Road.

LIVINGSTON -- Louisiana State Police ticketed a driver for careless operation after he plowed his 18-wheeler into the back of a Livingston Parish school bus today.

The citation stems from an accident this morning around 7:40 a.m. involving a bus on the start of its morning route along US 190 (Florida Boulevard), near Satsuma. The rig burst into flames after the collision, according to state police.

The 18-wheeler rear-ended the school bus as it stopped on the road way to pick up a student, who was waiting with his parent along the roadside.

Neither were injured. The driver's name was not released.

The bus driver had activated the stop signs on the bus before the collision, Taylor said. The bus driver removed the three students from the bus immediately after the accident.

Meanwhile, the lone child sent to Our Lady of the Lake-Livingston will remain overnight for observation, according to Livingston Parish Public Schools spokesperson Delia Taylor.

The injuries were not believed to have been serious, she said.

A total of three children were aboard the bus at the time of the accident. The other two youngsters were sent home with their parents immediately after the accident.

All three children were headed to Doyle Elementary School.

The rig was not carrying hazardous materials.

The roadway was closed for several hours, but reopened by late morning, according to state police.  

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