BARRON COUNTY -- One person was pronounced deceased at the scene following an traffic crash involving an Amery school bus carrying the Amery Girls Basketball team, according to a press release from the Barron County Sheriff's Office.

(Press Release) -- On Tuesday November 20, 2018 at 9:27pm the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call of a school bus vs car accident on Hwy 48 just west of Rice Lake.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with ambulances from Chetek, Lakeview Medical Center, Gold Cross and Cumberland, officers from City of Rice Lake and the City of Barron, fire departments from Rice Lake and Barron and the Life Link Helicopter responded to the scene.

Initial investigation shows the car driven by Joy Tew, 55 of Rice Lake crossed the center line and struck an Amery School Bus carrying the Amery Girls Basketball team of 22 students, 4 coaches and 1 bus driver.  All the students and staff were treated and released at the scene and the driver of the car, Tew, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This accident remains under investigation by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and Barron County Medical Examiners Office and is being reconstructed by the Wisconsin State Patrol.  The Barron County Hwy Department closed Hwy 48 for 5 hours.

I would like to thank all of our first responders that responded to this scene and assisted last night and a special thanks goes out to the Amery Girls team, coaches and parents who waited patiently with each other while everyone was checked out and reunited with family.  

As the busiest travel day of the year please take your time, buckle up and never drink and drive so you can get home to your family for this holiday season.

Per Sheriff Fitzgerald

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