2 school bus crashes have killed 2 drivers, injured students

One person died Friday morning after a van rear-ended a school bus in the Town of Salem near Kenosha police say

One person died Friday morning after a van rear-ended a school bus in the Town of Salem near Kenosha police say

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol are investigating the crash. About 20 students were on the bus. The drivers of vehicles traveling behind the buses were killed when they struck the rear of the buses which had stopped or slowed on the roadway.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Kenosha County Medical Examiner.

Ashland County Sheriff Michael Brennan told the News Tribune that "excessive speed" appeared to be a contributing factor in the accident.

"It was a work van, it had a granite or another countertop in the back of it", Beth said. "The actual bumper of the back of the bus, it appears like it went nearly to the back of the passenger seat or the driver's seat". The remaining sixteen students on the bus were taken to the hospital for evaluation. The was transporting students to Westosha Central High School.

"As soon as I heard it on the radio, the police senses and the parent senses kicked in", he said.

Beth credited the school's response.

Names of those involved have not been released because family members are still being notified.