Truck driver involved in crash declared brain dead

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Special to the American Press

The driver of a truck that collided with a charter bus last Wednesday near Woodlawn has been declared brain dead, authorities said.

The Jeff Davis Parish Coroner’s Office contacted state police on Thursday to advise them Anthony Pitre Sr., 67, of Lake Charles, had been declared brain dead, said Sgt. James Anderson.

Pitre failed to yield the right of way and hit the bus, police said. The driver of the bus, Amos G. Monts, 50, of San Antonio, tried to avoid the collision, but was unable to, police said.

The bus was on its way from Bastrop, Texas, to Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder when it was struck by Pitre’s truck near the intersection of U.S. 165 and La. 101 just north of Iowa, La.

Seven of the 46 passengers on the bus were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation, Anderson said.