Fire Chief Among Two Killed After Louisiana Bus Crash Carrying Flood Relief Workers: Reports

The parish president called Spencer Chauvin "one of the bravest and most dedicated firefighters that I know"

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Two people were killed and dozens were injured after a rental bus carrying relief workers crashed on its way to assist those affected by the historic flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, according to NBC News.

PEOPLE reached out to authorities, but they were not immediately available for comment.

One of the people killed was Spencer Chauvin, a fire chief from St. John the Baptist Parish, according to a statement released by parish president Natalie Robottom said in a statement. Chauvin was among 41 people taken to the hospital after the crash, but was later pronounced dead.

“It is a sad day in St. John the Baptist Parish as we lost one of the bravest and most dedicated firefighters that I know,” Robottom wrote in a post on the organization’s Facebook page Sunday afternoon. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, as well as to the families of the other 2 firefighters involved in the accident.”

NBC reports that the other person fatally injured in the crash was has not yet been identified.
Two other firefighters on the bus were in critical condition and bus passengers sustained minor injuries, according to Louisiana State Police public information officer Melissa Matey.

Matey also told NBC that the bus driver, Denis Amaya Rodriguez, was taken into custody pending multiple charges. She added that the bus lost control “for unclear reasons” just before 7 a.m.

On Sunday afternoon, the St. John the Baptist Parish updated the page profile picture with “RIP Spencer” written below the fire rescue logo.

“This was a horrific accident and one that is still very active,” Robottom wrote in the statement. “This type of loss will affect the entire department and they will have our full support as they deal with the grief of losing a comrade. It is heartbreaking, especially after this same group of individuals helped to guide St. John the Baptist Parish safely through Hurricane Isaac, the February tornado and the flood event last week.”

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