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Katrina evacuee dies in bus crash

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(CNN) -- A busload of evacuees fleeing the Hurricane Katrina flooding overturned Friday north of Lafayette, Louisiana.

One man was killed in the crash, authorities said, and 12 people were injured.

The bus had about 50 evacuees from New Orleans on board when the crash occurred about 4 p.m. on Interstate 49 northbound, said Opelousas, Louisiana, police Lt. Dwain Grimmett. He did not know where the bus was headed.

"The driver lost control. I think there was some type of disturbance between a passenger in the vehicle and the driver. That's what we were told, but we can't confirm that yet," Grimmett said.

The bus went across the interstate median into the southbound lanes, where it overturned on its side, he said.

Two of the 12 injured people were taken to hospitals, Grimmett said, but did not know if they were admitted. None of the injuries were life-threatening, he said.

The body of the victim was removed from the scene in a white hearse.

"These people were simply trying to escape an extremely bad situation," said Louisiana State Police spokesman Trooper Willie Williams.

Opelousas is about 130 miles west of New Orleans.

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