UPDATE: Driver who died in crash with bus from Antioch

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The driver of a van that died after that vehicle rear-ended a school bus on Highway C in Trevor Friday morning was identified as a 21-year-old man from Antioch, Sheriff David Beth said at a press conference in Kenosha Friday afternoon.

The name of the man was being withheld pending notification of family, Beth said.

There were 19 students and a driver on the bus, which was transporting students to Central High School in Paddock Lake. Four students had minor injuries. Three were transported to local hospitals by ambulance and one refused further treatment, Beth said.

Preliminary photos and evidence at the scene of the crash show little or no skid marks from the the van, a delivery vehicle owned by a local tile company, Sheriff David Beth said Friday.

“The van appears to have hit (the bus) at a pretty good speed … probably highway speed,” Beth said.

The speed limit at that point is 45 mph, said Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer, sheriff’s department public information officer.

The bus had just stopped to pick up a student. The student has just gotten on the bus and seated when the crash occurred, Beth said.

Beth estimated that the bus was moved 60 feet forward by the force of the crash.

The other students were checked out at the Salem Lakes Fire Department/Highway Department building in Trevor by emergency medical personnel.  Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and units from several other area departments responded to the scene as mutual aid under a box alarm.

“They talked to everybody to make sure they were OK,” Beth said.

Ultimately the uninjured students went to school with school representatives, Beth said.

The incident is still under investigation, Beth said.

Beth acknowledged, in answer to a reporter’s question, that seatbelts on school buses would increase safety in these situations, but he conceded that seatbelt usage “would be very difficult for a single bus driver to monitor.”

Here is video of Beth’s statement that started out the press conference:

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One Comment

  1. Greg Galich says:

    Thank God our emergency service is one of the highest quality services in the county. I am very proud of our Firefighter/Paramedics and EMTS.

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