Update - On May 23, 20017 at about 4 p.m. Jon C. Cooley m/w age 75 of Bagley, was operating a Warco School Bus with 8 River Ridge students on board as passengers; a five-year-old male, two five-year-old females, a six-year-old female, an 8-year-old female, two 8-year-old males and a fifteen-year-old male. Cooley was traveling north across the CTH P from Morgan Rd to Borah Ridge Road in the Patch Grove Township.
Randy Pugh age 59 of Viola, was traveling westbound in a 2002 Peterbuilt dump truck, owned by Lepke Trucking of Lacrosse, WI, on CTH P. As the school bus crossed the intersection with CTH P the dump truck came up over the hills from the east and was unable to stop.
The right front door area of the school bus collided with the left cab area of the dump truck. The dump truck went into the north ditch area and came to a stop. The school bus spun around, traveled into the south ditch area, through a fence line, and came to rest in the pasture south of CTH P.
One child was ejected from the school bus. Six children and the bus driver were transported to area hospitals, Crossing Rivers in Prairie Du Chien and Grant Regional Health Care in Lancaster. Injuries range from minor to severe and some involved parties are still in the hospital today. Mr. Pugh was treated and released at the scene of the crash.
The following agencies assisted at the scene of the crash; Fennimore PD, Crawford Co SO, Bloomington Fire, Bagley First Responders, Cassville EMS, Fennimore EMS, Gunderson EMS, Lancaster EMS, Lancaster Fire, Patch Grove Fire, West Grant EMS, Grant County Emergency Government, River Ridge Schools, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
This crash remains under investigation. Watch video