COTEAU HOLMES — A man died this morning after his motorcycle crashed into the back of an Iberia Parish School bus, authorities reported.
First responders were called to the scene of the crash at the corner of Dugas Road and Louisiana 679 just before 7:30 a.m., Capt. Ryan Turner, an Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said.
With the school bus parked in the middle of the intersection, a motorcycle wheel lodged between its back tire, and a motorcycle helmet lying near the sheet-covered victim, more than 30 Coteau Holmes residents gathered around the intersection while Sheriff’s Office deputies and State Police Troop I investigators examined the aftermath of the collision.
Turner said the investigation was turned over to Louisiana State Police since the fatal wreck occurred on a state highway.
Troop I spokesman Trooper Stephen Hammons said the name of the man would not be released until his family members are notified.
Iberia Parish Superintendent of Schools Dale Henderson said the crash happened as one of the school district’s leased buses was on her early-morning route.
One sixth-grade Loreauville Elementary School student was on the bus at the time of the crash, Henderson said.
“It is my understanding that he (the student) was not injured,” Henderson said. “It’s a very unfortunate situation. On behalf of the school system our deepest condolences go out to the victim and his family.”
Henderson said counseling will be offered to the student involved in the crash, if needed.
Turner said both the student and bus driver were taken from the scene by Acadian Ambulance only as a precautionary measure, adding the two did not sustain any serious injuries.
Daily Iberian reporter Jessica Goff contributed to this report.