Two dead, 41 hurt in bus crash involving Louisiana flood-relief volunteers

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Two people died and 41 more were injured when a bus carrying volunteers to help with Louisiana flood relief spun out of control near New Orleans, local media reported Sunday.

St. John the Baptist Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin died Sunday morning after the charter bus slammed into him as he tried to help victims of another accident, television station WWLTV of New Orleans reported, citing police and parish President Natalie Robottom.

Two other firefighters were injured in the crash and a second person, who has not yet been identified, also died, the television station said.

"It is a sad day in the St. John the Baptist Parish as we lost one of the bravest and most dedicated firefighters that I know," Robottom said in a statement according to the television station.

The bus driver, identified as 37-year-old Denis Amaya Rodriguez, was in custody on suspicion of multiple violations, NBC News reported, citing Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey. Rodriguez, who is from Honduras, was in the U.S. illegally, the network reported, citing Matey.

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BATON ROUGE, Aug. 22, 2016-- Residents throw furniture damaged in floods in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Aug. 22, 2016. Severe flooding caused by heavy rain hit the southern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana. At least 13 people have died across five parishes in Louisiana and thousands of local residents have been forced to leave home during the flood. (Xinhua/Zhang Chaoqun via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks with residents as he tours a flood-affected area in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 23, 2016. Fresh from a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama visits flood-hit Louisiana, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours a flood-affected area in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 23, 2016. Fresh from a two-week vacation, President Barack Obama visits flood-hit Louisiana, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, Aug. 22, 2016 -- Photo taken on Aug. 22, 2016 shows piles of damaged belongings thrown by flood-affected families in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Severe flooding caused by heavy rain hit the southern part of the U.S. state of Louisiana. At least 13 people have died across five parishes in Louisiana and thousands of local residents have been forced to leave home during the flood. (Xinhua/Zhang Chaoqun via Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama speaks with residents as he tours a flood-affected area in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on August 23, 2016. President Barack Obama touched down in flood-stricken Louisiana Tuesday, hoping to offer support to devastated communities and silence his critics who say he should have visited sooner. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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ST AMANT, LA - AUGUST 19: Mike Sittig (L) and Nelson Morgan jr. bring supplies to Nelson's fathers home to begin the process of cleaning up after flood waters inundated it on August 19, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ST AMANT, LA - AUGUST 19: Mike Sittig helps throw water logged items out of his friends father's home after flood waters inundated it on August 19, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 18: Billy Blazier, Randy Diez Jr. and Tray Blazier check in on Billy's flooded home on August 18, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ST AMANT, LA - AUGUST 19: Nelson Morgan jr. throws water logged items out as he clears out his father's home after flood waters inundated it on August 19, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ST AMANT, LA - AUGUST 18: Chad Credeur helps his brother Karl Credeur (R) toss out a headboard after it was inundated with flood water in his bedroom on August 18, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
ST AMANT, LA - AUGUST 18: Joseph Howell rides in the back of a pickup truck through a flooded street to look at his home on August 18, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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ST AMANT, LA - AUGUST 18: Denny Lazarus walks though the flooded living room as he helps salvage what he can from his parents home on August 18, 2016 in St Amant, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 18: Katy Bueche checks in on her flooded home on August 18, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least thirteen deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 17: Katie Andermann stands on the porch while helping retrieve items from her sister-in-laws flooded home on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least twelve deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
GONZALES, LA - AUGUST 17: Caskets are seen floating in flood waters near a cemetery on August 17, 2016 in Gonzales, Louisiana. Starting last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least seven deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SORRENTO, LA - AUGUST 17: A home is surrounded by flood waters on August 17, 2016 in Sorrento, Louisiana. Starting last week Louisiana was overwhelmed with flood water causing at least seven deaths and thousands of homes damaged by the flood waters. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People sort through water damaged products outside Jasmine's Beauty Supply following the floods on August 16, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The expanding flood zone prompted authorities to declare disasters in 20 parishes of the southeastern US state. While flooding receded in parts of southern Louisiana, other areas saw rising waters. The National Weather Service issued renewed flood warnings. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Few details were available Sunday afternoon about the cause of the accident. Matey told NBC that 41 people on the bus suffered minor injuries.

A local ambulance company said on Twitter it had transported 38 people to hospitals from the scene of the accident on Interstate 10 near the community of Laplace, about 25 miles (40 km) northwest of New Orleans. The company, Acadian Ambulance Service, said that a second ambulance company had transported three additional people to hospitals.

The bus, filled with volunteers to help residents recover from massive flooding in Louisiana earlier this month, was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 when it crashed into the fire truck and another vehicle, the television station and other media reported.

As many as 60,600 homes were reported damaged or destroyed in flooding that ravaged 20 parishes, or counties, in the southern part of Louisiana. About 3,000 residents were still living in shelters as of Aug. 22, officials said last week.

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