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Date: August 17, 2014
Case: USH 41 Bus Fire (2014-29247)
Authority: Sgt Nathan Peskie
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, at 2:31pm the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a bus on fire on USH 41 southbound north of CTH K in the Town of Addison. Deputies and firefighters from the St Lawrence Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Upon deputies’ arrival found a coach style bus to be completely engulfed in fire with all of its passengers safely evacuated. Two passengers were transported by Allenton Rescue to AMC Hartford for precautionary reasons and were treated and released.
The St Lawrence Fire Department with assistance from Allenton Fire Department quickly extinguished the bus fire and a small adjacent grass fire. Traffic on USH 41 southbound was stopped just north of the fire scene for safety and to assist in the firefighting operations. Northbound USH 41 was limited to one lane north of CTH K and the stopped traffic between STH 33 and the fire scene was diverted onto the closed northbound lane of travel.
The bus from Georgia was transporting two drivers and fifty six passengers from Oshkosh to Atlanta. The passengers, all from England were transported to St Lawrence Fire Department by another southbound bus that had stopped to assist. The Red Cross responded and assisted at St Lawrence Fire Department by supplying food and water until arrangements were made for a charter bus company to transport the stranded passengers to Atlanta, Georgia.
The bus appears to have caught fire after a rear tire went flat, the bus was completely destroyed as a result of the fire. Once the bus and the debris were removed southbound USH 41 was re-opened. USH 41 southbound between STH 33 and CTH K was closed for approximately three hours during this incident.
In addition to the response from St Lawrence Fire, Allenton Fire, and Allenton Rescue, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Slinger Police Department assisted in controlling traffic. The Washington County Highway Department also assisted in placing signage and safety barrels to help re-route traffic on USH 41.
Date: August 12, 2014
Case #: 14-28624
Authority: Lt. Robert Stuesser
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at approximately 7:21 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a house fire located at 3055 Western Ave. in the Town of Polk. The caller reported that everybody was out of the residence. Deputies and firefighters from the Jackson Fire Department were subsequently dispatched to the scene. Upon their arrival, emergency responders observed a moderate amount of smoke emitting from the single family home.
Firefighters quickly located and extinguished a small smoldering type fire in one of the bedrooms. Damage from the fire was estimated at approximately $15,000.00. No residents or firefighters were injured as a result of the fire.
Western Ave. between CTH P and Prairie Ridge La. was intermittently restricted for approximately 1.5 hours to facilitate overhaul and clean-up operations. While the exact cause of the fire is unknown, at this time it does not appear to be incendiary in nature.
The matter remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.
Date: August 2, 2014
Case #: 14-27239 Fatal Crash
Authority: Sgt. Randy Boudry
A 64 year old City of Hartford man was killed as a result of a single car roll over crash in the Town of Polk. The crash happened on STH 144 just south of the Arthur Rd. intersection and was reported at 11:24 AM to the Washington County Sheriff’s office.
The crash remains under investigation but evidence indicates the car was being driven north bound on the highway and completely left the paved roadway to the right. Tire marks show the car re-entering the pavement, crossing the south bound lane and entering the opposite side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its roof. The lone occupant/driver was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses to the crash indicate no excessive speed or other erratic driving was observed prior to the car leaving the road and is not believed to have been a factor. This is the 8th traffic fatality in the County this year.