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Clinton woman hit, killed by school bus

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Gazette staff
May 21, 2011
— A Clinton woman died at a Madison hospital Friday after being hit by a school bus while crossing the street Friday morning.

Ann L. Crawley, 80, was walking west across Allen Street at about 7:39 a.m. when she was struck by a Clinton Community School bus driven by Harlan Biesma. The bus was eastbound on Front Street and turning left onto Allen Street at the time of the accident, Clinton police Sgt. Ed Fairchild said.


“The bus started to turn, she came out, and it knocked her down,” Fairchild said.


An autopsy is scheduled for today, said Lou Smit, Rock County chief deputy coroner.


Crawley suffered a head injury, was taken to Beloit Memorial Hospital and later was transferred to University Hospital in Madison, Fairchild said.


Crawley died at 2:07 p.m., Smit said.


The bus was hauling 21 students of various ages at the time of the crash. They were transferred to a different bus and taken to school.


“Only one said they saw something,” Fairchild said. “You have to question what they can see when they’re sitting way in the back and gabbing.”


Karla Chrislaw, a mother to one of the children on the bus, drove by the accident scene, stopped and climbed onto the bus with police permission to help keep the children calm, Fairchild said.


No citations had been issued Friday, and the crash remained under investigation. The Wisconsin State Patrol was asked to reconstruct the accident, Fairchild said



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