Bus vs. Vehicle Crash Results in One Fatality

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On September 10th, 2020 at 6:34 p.m. the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a two- vehicle crash involving a school bus and an SUV at the intersection of State Highway 40 and State Highway 48 in the Town of Weirgor. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Sawyer County EMS, Exeland, Winter and Radisson Fire Departments, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Sawyer County Highway Department.
Initial investigation indicates that a Bruce School District school bus operated by Sherrie L. Mataczynski, 54, of Exeland, WI was traveling north on State Highway 40. The bus failed to yield the right of way when making a left turn onto State Highway 48 and collided head on with a 2007 Dodge Nitro operated by Renee C. Balko, 40, of Bruce, WI.
The driver of the SUV sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the bus was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. It is unknown at this time as to the extent of her injuries. The four students on the bus, two of which had minor injuries, were treated at the scene and released to their parents/guardian.
The crash remains under investigation by the Wisconsin State Patrol, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and Sawyer County Coroner’s Office.


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