11 students injured in Green Co. school bus crash

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GREEN COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV)--- Eleven students were injured in a crash involving a school bus and three other vehicles in Green County on Tuesday afternoon.

The Monroe Police Department said the crash happened near the intersection of 8th Street and Highway 69 just before 4 p.m. In addition to the school bus, the crash involved a van and two other vehicles.

Police said one five-year-old boy was transported in an ambulance while the other 10 students were transported in another school bus. All injuries were minor.

All 26 students on the bus at the time of the crash were checked out by crews on scene. The ages of the injured children ranged from five-years-old to 15-years-old.

Monroe Chief of Police Fred Kelley said that a van heading south bound turned left and collided with a school bus heading northbound. After the collision, the van proceeded to hit two additional vehicles.

Kelley said there were 26 students on the bus, and three were transported to Monroe Clinic Hospital for minor injuries. According to a press release, the driver of the van reported minor injuries but declined to be transported to the hospital.

"The fact is that could've ended up almost to be a head on injury," Kelley said. "The fact that it wasn't, it was just sort of an angle to the side of the one vehicle and the front of the other, we are very lucky there were only three minor injuries."

Kelley said the driver of the van, Monico Garcia-Mendez, was cited for failure to yield right of way to oncoming traffic and having no valid driver's license.

Police said there have been accidents at the intersection before.
"35 miles an hour is a pretty decent speed for a regular highway here in town, higher than you would usually see in a smaller community," Kelley said.

"We have had some serious accidents," said Captain Jerry Dahlen with the Monroe Police Department. "We do have people that at times run lights or think they can get through and it causes quite a scene."

Police said another school bus responded to the scene to pick up students.