December 9, 2016

Joint media release from Sparta Area School District and Monroe County Sherriff’s Department

Dec. 9, 2016

SPARTA – A school bus serving the Sparta Area School District was involved in an accident today, Friday, Dec. 9, while transporting students from school. There were 37 students on the bus; 14 students and the driver of the pickup were treated at local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, and one student was transported by ambulance.

The accident happened at 3:30 p.m. on Hwy 21 just west of County Hwy. Q in the Town of Angelo. The school bus was east bound when the driver of the bus David E. Ames of Rural Sparta turned in front of a west bound pickup truck operated by Robert H. Brueggen of Rural Sparta. Brueggen was trapped in the truck and had to be extricated by the Jaws of Life. He was transported by Sparta Area Ambulance service to Mayo Clinic Sparta campus for non-life threatening injuries.

The Sparta Area School District appreciates the help of the emergency response crews that assisted and the community and neighbors who helped get the children off the bus and called parents on their cell phones.

Lamers Bus Service is cooperating with the investigation.

The crash remains under investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and The Wisconsin State Patrol.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office at the scene, Sparta Police Dept. Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Area Ambulance Service, Sparta Area Fire District, Ft. McCoy Police, The Wisconsin DNR, The Monroe County Hwy Dept., Monroe County 911 Center, Arnold Wrecker Service, PER Towing, Lamers Bus Co. and The Sparta Area School District.

This is a joint press release by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Sparta Area School District