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(LAPLACE, La.) — Two people are dead and 41 injured after a charter bus crashed into a pickup truck Sunday morning shortly after the truck sped on a slick roadway into a guardrail near LaPlace, Louisiana, according to Louisiana State Police.

Louisiana State Police said they were on the scene with the St. John Baptist Fire Department investigating the pickup truck’s minor injury accident when the bus crashed into three firemen standing near the scene.

The three firemen, including LaPlace Volunteer Fire District Chief Spencer Chauvin who was later declared deceased, were thrown over the edge of the guardrail, according to police. One fireman is in critical but stable condition and another suffered moderate injuries, police said.

A backseat passenger of a Toyota Camry also involved in the crash was declared deceased at the scene, according to Louisiana State Police, and the driver and front passenger were transported to local hospitals.

Louisiana State Police said the bus driver, Denis Yasmir Amaya Rodriguez, did not have a driver’s license and was not licensed to drive a commercial vehicle. A public information officer said he was from Honduras and in the U.S. illegally.

About 30 to 40 passengers were on board the bus, according to police, who were “daily hires” to do construction and help rebuild after the severe flooding that has hit Louisiana. Police said they believe the workers were in the U.S. illegally and all were taken to local area hospitals with minor to moderate injuries.

The Motor Carrier section of Louisiana is investigating the bus crash.

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