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Middle school students taken to hospital after E. Washington bus crash


MADISON, Wis. — A crash involving a Badger Bus caused two outbound lanes of E. Washington Ave. to be closed at First Street Monday morning and sent a small number of students to the hospital with minor injuries.

Dane County Disptach says the crash was reported at about 7:21 a.m. Monday. The Madison Police Department says the 15-passenger bus was carrying 4 students between the ages of 7 and 12 was driving west on E. Washington Ave. and turning onto First Street when it was hit by another vehicle that was driving east on E. Washington Ave.

Dispatchers say EMS and Madison Police were sent to the scene.

Madison Metropolitan School District spokesperson Tim LeMonds said a small group of students were taken to the hospital “out of an abundance of precaution,” with one student reporting a minor superficial injury. Madison police say the bus driver was also treated for a neck injury.

Staff from O’Keeffe Middle School helped the students involved and reached out to families.

“We are very thankful our students are all safe and being cared for,” LeMonds said in a statement. “We are extremely proud of how quickly and effectively our staff responded to this incident this morning, and we are also proud of our students who remained calm and followed the instructions of staff perfectly.”

The two right lanes of E. Washington Ave. were closed for about 45 minutes before the vehicles involved were moved to the shoulder, according to an update from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation at 8:24 a.m. The scene was cleared shortly after that.