Five Killed, Seven Critically Injured In Louisiana Crash

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Four children ages 2 to 14 were among five people killed when a minivan packed with kids rolled on a Louisiana interstate, and seven others remained in critical condition, state police said Sunday.

None of the 13 children in the van was wearing a seatbelt, and all were thrown from the vehicle. The van didn't have enough seatbelts for everyone and probably couldn't have safely carried more than 10, police spokesman Russell Graham said.

"I just saw the vehicle flip about three or four times and kids flying everywhere," witness Tammy Hall told WAFB-TV. "It looked to be about 10 to 11 kids out of the car. And everyone started stopping, and we went to get her, and you could tell the driver was dead instantly."

Two other children and the GMC Safari's adult passenger were in stable condition. The surviving children ranged from less than a year old to 14, Louisiana State Police said in a news release.

Police identified the dead as the driver, 38-year-old Mona Hines; 2-year-old Ricky Hines Jr.; 12-year-old Lachante Floyd; 14-year-old Edward Barnes; and 14-year-old Ashley Hines.

Authorities have said the van blew a tire, clipped a delivery truck and rolled on Interstate 10 near Baton Rouge.

The driver of the truck managed to steer to the side of the road and was not injured.

Alcohol was not suspected as a factor in the crash.

Some people in the van were family members from Harvey, La., about 75 miles northeast of the crash site, Graham said. He did not know where the van was going.

"The Louisiana Legislature just passed a law making it mandatory to wear seatbelts in both the front and back seats," Graham said. "This is a good illustration of why they did."

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  • by Latesha Location: Brooklyn, NY on Nov 29, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    Dayquon- may I suggest you read the entire story before commenting. Also, edit your statements before posting them.
  • by Fran on Nov 29, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    So very sad. Prayers for all the families involved.
  • by SOmeone Location: Bath on Nov 29, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    The trucker didn't run them off the road. They blew a tire. The adults should be ashamed of themselves for letting children ride without seatbelts and car seats. No the less, it is a tragedy and I feel for the families who have lost loved ones. People wear your seatbelts and please put your children properly in seatbelts.
  • by disgusted Location: nc on Nov 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM
    dayquon : U R absurd, if U know what the word even means. the VAN blew a tire and hit the truck!! the truck did not hot the van. Please read and comprehend the story before U post your opinions!! The fault lies with the person who did not have those kids in seat belts!
  • by Dayquon, can you read? on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    Hey, Dayquon, can you read? The van's tire blew out and the van hit the truck. Seems trucker was not at fault. Van driver had too many people in it and no one was wearing seat belts. What a bigger tragedy when it involves chidlren so young. They are in God's hands now. May they all rest in peace.
  • by dayquon Location: pylmouth on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    why the trukcer drive he run the manyvan off the road he shuld be pay for what he do i think this so sad my prays goes out to the familei thanks dayquon

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