March 17, 2011 - Milwaukee, WI - A fatal March 12 crash left one woman dead and 4 others injured after a tour bus collided with a semi truck.
WISN Milwaukee reports that Janet M. Wickert, 75, was pronounced dead at the scene when the tour bus she was on was struck by an empty semi-trailer. The accident took place around 7 p.m. on Highway 33 near the intersection of Dodge County Highway P, just west of Allenton.
Wickert was one of 5 passengers injured in the crash, the other 4, including the drivers, were taken to hospitals. Two of the victims had to be transported to Froedtert Hospital by the Flight for Life air transport. The other victims included another bus passenger and a passenger in the semi.
Wisconsin Sheriff Todd Nehls reported that the semi driver failed to yield the right of way to the tour bus, striking it on the side. The bus spun onto the shoulder of Highway 33 where it slid into a ditch and then overturned. The bus was luckily not full or more injuries and/or fatalities could have occurred.
The crash closed Highway 33 for several hours that night as crews cleared the disabled vehicles and transported the victims. No charges have been pressed yet and no citations will be issued until the investigation is complete. Highway 33 reopened early Sunday morning.
Even if you are a passenger in a commercial vehicle such as a tour bus, you have the right to expect a safe trip without compromising your health. If you are the victim of another's negligence, you can file a personal injury claim to recover the damages caused by negligent drivers.
According to crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 561 fatalities in 2009 because of traffic accidents in Wisconsin.
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Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- accidents caused by distracted drivers or aggressive driving.
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