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4 in vehicle die when SUV hits school team bus

4 in vehicle die when SUV hits school team bus

CENTREVILLE, La. (AP) — Three children and an adult died Saturday when their sports utility vehicle collided head-on with Lafayette Parish school bus in St. Mary Parish.

The people killed are the SUV's driver, 36-year-old Ladonna Cheatham of Patterson, and three of her passengers.

Six-year-old Destiny Cheatham, 7-year-old Dwayne Escort and 16-year-old Marcus Cheatham who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle and died, said Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons. Mark Cheatham, 17, was buckled in and suffered moderate injuries, Hammons said.

It wasn’t known whether the driver was the younger Cheathams' mother. The left rear tire on her 2004 Kia Sorento failed and the SUV veered across a median and into the eastbound school bus on U.S. 90, Hammons said in a news release.

The bus was taking 30 Lafayette High School varsity and junior varsity baseball players and five coaches to Berwick for a scrimmage Saturday. Police said nobody on the bus was seriously hurt.

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