- Associated Press - Monday, August 29, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a bus-firetruck wreck in Louisiana that left two dead (all times local):


6 p.m.

Louisiana State Police say they’re looking into the owners of a bus that hit a firetruck, other vehicles and three firefighters on an elevated stretch of Interstate 10, killing two people and injuring dozens.

Trooper Melissa Matey says questions include whether the bus was in good repair and why it went out of control Sunday night.

She says it’s owned by a company with two names: AM Party Bus and Kristina’s Transportation LLC.

Messages left by The Associated Press with the party bus reservations agent were not returned.

The number given by directory assistance for Kristina’s Transportation is that of Ahmad Salem (SAY-lem). He says he sold the company in January.

Matey says the firetruck was blocking traffic from the scene of an earlier crash.


5:45 p.m.

Louisiana State Police say a bus driver accused of killing two people in a five-vehicle wreck on Sunday had been ticketed Aug. 5 for driving without a license.

Trooper Melissa Matey says 37-year-old Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez of Honduras was driving a smaller vehicle when he was cited earlier this month.

On Sunday, he was driving the bus that hit a firetruck and other vehicles Sunday, killing two and injuring 36.

The firetruck was blocking traffic while police investigated an earlier crash on I-10 near LaPlace, about 30 miles west of New Orleans.

State police said Sunday that two men were in critical condition and two were seriously injured. Matey says one remains in critical condition. But hospitals report that two are in fair condition and one has been released.

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