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Mike Heine/The Week

(Published October 13, 2007, 11:38 p.m.)

Two people are dead and nine Lake Geneva Badger High School junior varsity soccer players injured following a bus accident in Lyons Township Friday evening.

The southbound bus, returning from a soccer tournament in Muskego, hit a Chevy Blazer broadside on Highway 120 after the SUV pulled in front of it from Krueger Road, Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said. The bus was carrying about 25 students and coaches.

The driver of the SUV was identified as Wayne W. Sieck, 47, Chicago, according to Walworth County Coroner John Griebel. The passenger was identified as Shirley J. Cebulski, 42, of Westmont, Ill. According to autopsy results, Sieck died of multiple internal injuries. An autopsy on Cebulski was scheduled for Sunday morning.

Sieck was pronounced dead at the scene, shortly after the 6:28 p.m. accident. Cebulski died at 8:21 p.m. after she was flown Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The nine children who were injured, all high school-aged, were transported to hospitals in Burlington and Elkhorn for what Graves believes are minor injuries.

"Minor cuts and bruises from what I understand," Graves said.

The remaining players were picked up at the scene by their parents, Graves said.

"From what I saw, I thought they handled themselves pretty well," Graves said from the scene. "They were pretty calm.

"By the time I got here... the EMTs, deputies and police at the scene had them in one area and had the scene under control. There wasn't anybody who was hysterical. They handled themselves very well for high school students."
The school's police liaison officer, Ralph Braden, was one of the first on scene, having come from Badger's home football game, Graves said. His presence made it easier for authorities to contact parents of the children on the bus since he knew most of the students, Graves said.

The bus hit the Blazer on the driver's side and pushed it about 100 feet, Graves said. The SUV then plowed head on into a tree on the east side of the road while the bus turned on its passenger side on the west shoulder of the road, Graves said.

The bus driver, Michelle A. Goff, 41, Elkhorn, was shaken but OK, Graves said.

There were no other passengers in the SUV.

No citations are expected to be issued.

The Walworth County Sheriff's Department is handling the crash with the assistance of the Wisconsin State Patrol.


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