Man arrested after driving pick-up truck into school bus, minor injuries reported

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CHRISTIANA, Wis. — A Fort Atkinson man was arrested on suspicion of third-offense operating while intoxicated after crashing a pick-up truck into a school bus, deputies said.

Deputies were dispatched to State Highway 73 and Koshkonong Road in the town of Christiana around 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to a release by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.

A southbound truck, driven by William A. Kaplan, 40, struck a northbound school bus head-on, the release said.

Kaplan was arrested for third-offense OWI and bail jumping. He also received a number of traffic citations, according to the release. Other charges may be pending based on the extent of the injures to the occupants on the bus.

The driver of the school bus, Jannette A. Becker, 63, of Deerfield, suffered minor injuries.

There were two passengers on the bus at the time of the crash, the sheriff’s office said. A 30-year-old female and a 17-year-old male were examined by first responders at the crash site and released.

Kaplan was admitted to a local hospital. A passenger in the truck, a 30-year-old male, was not injured in the crash, the release said.

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