Moss Bluff school crossing guard struck and killed, another injured

By Crystal Price - bio | email

MOSS BLUFF, LA(KPLC) - A fatal crash on Highway 378 in front of Moss Bluff Elementary School Wednesday morning left one crossing guard dead and the other injured.

Wallace G. Berwick, 91, of Iowa was driving a 2003 Kia Optima westbound in the school zone when he struck the two on-duty Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office crossing guards when he did not see them setting up cones in the school zone.

The two crossing guards were transported to a local hospital where and Karl Edwards, 73, was treated for a broken arm and Roland Park, 70, was pronounced dead as a result of injuries in the accident.

Louisiana State Police officials said these accidents do not happen very often, but it is important to be extra cautious when driving through a school zone.

"It's a dangerous job," said Anderson. "It's very important to avoid distractions and to pay attention to what's going on around you, especially when driving in school zones."

The tragedy is leaving parents in shock as this is the second tragedy in less than two weeks in the Moss Bluff community.

"The crossing guards are a great asset to our children," said Tania Barrett, a parent from Moss Bluff. "It's just devastating. All the community can do I think is just keep praying."

LSP did take Berwick in to their office for a toxicology test and questioning.

Berwick has been charged with careless operation.

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