A 10-year-old boy on his way to elementary school died when the car he was in collided with a school bus.
According to Lt. Ryan Carpenter of the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office, the boy, whose identity wasn’t released, lived in Kaukauna and was a passenger on a car driving on State 15 west toward Hortonville.
A 10yo boy, student at Hortonville Elementary School, was killed in a car vs school bus crash this a.m. on HWY 15. The boy was a passenger in the car. No students on the bus. Driver of the car w/life threatening injuries. Bus driver also injured. #WBAY pic.twitter.com/zvZNFnti2s
— Emily Matesic (@EmilyMatesic) May 9, 2019
The car collided with the back of a halted pickup truck in traffic near Outagamie County JJ, causing the car to dash towards the eastbound lane, and smash against a school bus, said Carpenter, according to Post Crescent. There were no children aboard the school bus when the accident took place.
The boy died at the scene; while the driver of the car experienced severe injuries, and was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
The school bus driver suffered non-critical injuries, and the pickup truck driver was unharmed, said Lt. Carpenter.
State 15 was closed between Outagamie County JJ and Greendale Road due to the tragedy, as specified by the state Department of Transportation.
Hortonville Area School District administrator Todd Timm said that counselors would be at hand for students, and that the school’s local partners are ready to provide more counselors if required.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the family,” Timm said. “This is extremely difficult.”
A 10-year-old student that attended Hortonville Elementary School who was a passenger in a vehicle involved passed away due to injuries from the accident. Counselors will continue to be available in the district. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this student.
— Hortonville Schools (@HortonvilleSD) May 9, 2019
7-Year-Old Boy Struck in Fatal Accident, Pinned Between School Bus and Van
In another tragic event, a seven-year-old boy was killed in a fatal accident in Queens, New York, which pinned him between a van and his school bus, just moments after he got off school on April 17.
Cameron Brown, who was described by his aunt as a straight-A student who always smiles, was making his way from the yellow school bus to the red van with his sister Paris, 9, when he was struck by the van at about 3:15 p.m. local time.
The force from the van pinned him against the school bus. He was then rushed to Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The van driver remained at the scene.
A 7-year-old boy who was fatally pinned between a van and a school bus was a straight-A student who was always smiling, his aunt said https://t.co/u7Bwlzrsmy
— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 19, 2019
Eyewitness Jean Ulysses told CBS2 that when the van was trying to reverse, it accelerated instead—hitting Brown.
“The van was trying to back up. Instead of backing up, it goes forward. That’s when he hit the boy between the van and the bus,” Ulysses said.
The driver of the red van, 22, appeared not to see the boy, according to police, reported CBS2.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the van behind the school bus as it pulls up.
Brown and his sister had been taking the red van, hired through a private bus company by his aunt Maureen Brown, to get to and from school.
Authorities say the child, identified as Cameron Brown, had just gotten off his bus and was crossing behind it when he was hit. https://t.co/4dTdX8HaOV
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) April 18, 2019
The pair had been transferring from the red van and onto the yellow school bus in recent weeks, according to NBC New York.
It was when the siblings were on their way to make the transfer from the school bus to the van that the tragedy struck.
Epoch Times reporter Isabel Van Brugen contributed to this report.