A school bus involved in a motor vehicle accident in Hortonville, Wisconsin, Thursday morning was empty of students at the time that a passenger car collided with it. Nevertheless, the accident resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy who was a passenger in the car that struck the bus. Preliminary findings from an autopsy are not yet available, but authorities did pronounce the young boy dead at the scene. He had been sitting in the backseat of the car and was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Weather and traffic conditions on Highway 15 may have contributed to the crash. The wet, slippery road may have prevented the driver of the passenger car from stopping for slowed traffic in the westbound lane. Instead, she hit the rear corner of a pickup truck when she swerved left, and the impact propelled her vehicle into the eastbound lane, where it collided head-on with a school bus.
Though all parties to the crash had seatbelts on, only the driver of the pickup emerged unhurt from the accident. The drivers of the school bus and the passenger car each required transportation to nearby hospitals for treatment of injuries. The car driver's injuries are life-threatening, but the school bus driver's injuries are not.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing, although authorities have ruled out alcohol as a possible factor. The child who lost his life in the crash was a student at Hortonville Elementary School, and the school district has made counselors available for those who need their services in the wake of the tragedy.
Car accidents can be all the more devastating for their unexpectedness, and those who have sustained a resultant injury may find a conversation with an attorney to be worth their while.