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“A pretty scary deal:” 8 hurt when bus carrying adults with special needs crashed outside Fort Atkinson

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JEFFERSON COUNTY -- Eight people were hurt when a bus for adults with special needs crashed outside Fort Atkinson on Friday morning, July 8th.

Bus crash Jefferson County

Bus crash Jefferson County

It happened around 7:15 a.m. along Highway 106 in the Town of Hebron in Jefferson County.

Everyone on the bus was hurt -- including the driver.

Rick McEndre

Rick McEndre

Rick McEndre was relieved he was able to leave Fort Memorial Hospital Friday with some good news. His fiancee owns a group home in Whitewater for people who are developmentally disabled. Their client was one of eight people on the bus that crashed along Highway 106 Friday.

"She had dislocated fingers, a pretty bad cut and some glass in her elbow -- but they were able to take care of that," McEndre said. "Hopefully the other people on the bus are OK because it`s a pretty scary deal."

Bus crash Jefferson County

Bus crash Jefferson County

Officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office say the bus was traveling westbound when it crossed the center line and went into a ditch -- striking a utility pole.

The bus is owned by Lavigne Bus Company -- a transportation service in Fort Atkinson for people with disabilities.

Flight for Life and Med Flight transported other victims to various hospitals in the area.

Tamara Mueller spoke with FOX6 News from Mercy Hospital in Janesville -- where her 21-year-old daughter was receiving treatment for a head wound.

Bus crash Jefferson County

Bus crash Jefferson County

"I really didn`t know anything. So all I wanted was to get the information so that we could come and see her. I just tried to keep positive," Mueller said.

Loved ones of those on board the bus said it was difficult to understand what exactly went wrong. Everyone on the bus except the driver has cognitive or physical disabilities. Many cannot communicate and use wheelchairs.

Bus crash Jefferson County

Bus crash Jefferson County

"That`s the scariest part. That`s what goes through our mind. We don`t know how long it took for anybody to get there and respond. I`m guessing most of the people that were on the bus aren`t really able to help other people too much," McEndre said.

Officials with Lavigne Bus Company declined to comment on this incident.

Bus crash Jefferson County

Bus crash Jefferson County

The bus was headed to a place called "Opportunities" in Fort Atkinson. It is a day center and work program for people with disabilities.

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