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State police: Man likely texting when he hit school bus

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GILLIS, LA (KPLC) -

A 19-year-old man was likely texting when he crashed into a school bus early Monday morning on US 171 in Gillis, state police said.

Sgt. James Anderson said Tyler Moses, of Longville, is facing charges of careless operation, texting while driving and failure to stop for a school bus.

A child on the bus and Moses, who was wearing a seat belt, both suffered minor injuries in the crash.

"A Calcasieu Parish school bus was stopped in the right lane to pick up children," Anderson said. "It had its red warning lights illuminated and stop signs deployed. Moses encountered vehicles in the left lane stopped for the bus, braked hard and steered into the rear of the bus causing the crash."

Anderson said texting while driving in Louisiana carries a fine of up to $175 for a first offense and up to $500 for a second or subsequent offense. The fine doubles if a crash results.

April is distracted driving awareness month. Motorists are encouraged to pay more attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle than inside the vehicle.

More information on distracted driving may be found at www.distraction.gov.

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