Eight Hurt in Wisconsin Medical Transport Crash

One person was critically injured when a medical transport bus with seven disabled passengers on board crashed and rolled over in Jefferson County on Friday morning, sending all eight people, including the driver, to hospitals.

At least three of the passengers were taken to UW Hospital, where a spokeswoman said one person was in critical condition, one in “guarded” and another in good condition Friday. Two passengers taken to Fort Health Care Hospital in Fort Atkinson were discharged, a spokeswoman said. The status of the three other injured people was unknown.

The small transport vehicle operated by La Vigne Bus Co., of Fort Atkinson, had picked up passengers on their way to work, according to a company spokeswoman who declined to give her name. The driver, she said, is a longtime employee.

The crash happened at about 7:15 a.m. on Highway 106 about a quarter-mile west of Johnson Road in the town of Hebron.

Details of the bus’s destination and passengers’ identities and the name of the driver were not available from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The bus was going west on Highway 106 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and into the south ditch, hitting a utility pole and overturning.

Medical helicopters were called to the scene, about six miles east of Fort Atkinson, to help transport the passengers, who were in wheelchairs.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and the vehicle was being inspected by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

According to its website, La Vigne Bus has 45 years of experience providing transportation for all sorts of medical appointments and other non-emergency journeys. County directories list it as a Medicaid transport provider.

A La Vigne spokeswoman said its vehicles are inspected annually and it is a registered member of the Specialized Medical Vehicle Association of Wisconsin.

Claire Yunker, of the state Department of Health Services, said La Vigne is a Medicaid-enrolled “Specialized Medical Vehicle” company that provides transportation services for the Wisconsin Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus and Family Care programs.


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