Update: Mother and 3-year-old daughter IDed as victims of car-school bus crash


Authorities in Wisconsin have identified the two victims who were killed in a collision involving a car and a school bus on a northwestern Wisconsin highway Saturday afternoon as a 29-year-old woman from Rice Lake and her 3-year-old daughter, WEAU reports.

The driver of the car, Tiffany Hostetler, and her daughter Elanora Hutton were killed, the Wisconsin State Patrol said. Another passenger in the car, 5-year-old Marshall Hutton, was critically injured.

The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. on Hwy. 63 and County Road B, just north of Cumberland in Barron County, according to the Northland News Center.

The State Patrol says Hostetler was driving westbound on County Road B and failed to stop at the intersection with Hwy. 63. The bus, which was traveling north, struck the car on the driver's side, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

Hostetler and Elanora Hutton were pronounced dead at the scene. Marshall Hutton was taken to Cumberland Memorial Hospital and later flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, according to the News Tribune.

The Spooner Advocate reports that the school bus, which was transporting the Spooner High School volleyball team home from a scrimmage in Amery, ended up in a ditch and partially filled with water. The passengers and bus driver were able get out of the bus through the rear emergency exit door.

The newspaper said that 14 student-athletes were transported to Cumberland Memorial Hospital where all of them were treated and released to their parents. None suffered significant injuries.

The coaching staff and bus driver were also treated and released.

“It all happened so fast,” Spooner head coach Melissa Smith told the Star Tribune on Sunday. “The front end, where I was, was filling up with water” from what the coach described as “a low swamp.”

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