Drivers identified in Grant County school bus crash, 5 passengers seriously injured

Published: May. 23, 2017 at 5:15 PM CDT
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UPDATE (WMTV) – The drivers involved in the school bus crash on Tuesday have been released by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said the driver of the school bus was identified as Jon Cooley, age 75 of Bagley. Cooley was driving a Warco School Bus with 8 River Ridge students on board that ranged in ages from 5 to 15 years old.

Cooley was traveling north across County Road P when a dump truck driven by Randy Pugh, age 59 of Viola, came over the hills from the east and collided with the bus.

After the collision the dump truck went into ditch and came to a stop. The bus spun around into the south ditch, through a fence and came to rest in a field. One child was ejected from the school bus.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, six children and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to severe. Five of the passengers are seriously injured and three others were treated at the scene.

"Please pray for a full and speedy recovery for all involved," said the sheriff's office.

The crash remains under investigation.

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GRANT COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) -- Authorities say a school bus collided with a dump truck Tuesday afternoon in Patch Grove Township.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded at 3:55 p.m. at the intersection of Morgan Road and County Road P.

Authorities say the bus entered County P from Morgan Road as a dump truck was traveling west bound on County Road P. The school bus was spun around, went through a ditch and came to rest in a field.

The school bus had eight passengers and the driver on board.

Authorities say one of the passengers was ejected and taken to an area hospital. Two others were taken by parents, one was treated and released at the scene, and the rest were taken by rescue squads to area hospitals.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the names of the drivers or the passengers at this time.

The crash is being investigated by Grant County Sheriff’s Office. The Wisconsin State Patrol is handling the reconstruction.

The Fennimore Police Department, Lancaster Rescue Unit, Fennimore Rescue Units, Gunderson Rescue Units, Bloomington Fire, West Grant EMS, Patch Grove Fire, Bagley First Responders, and Grant County Emergency Government provided assistance.

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Please avoid the area of County Highway P and Morgan Road. There is an active accident occurring and Police, Fire and EMS units need to be able to get their resources to and from the accident location.

Posted by Grant County Sheriff's Office, WI on Tuesday, May 23, 2017