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UPDATE-4: School crisis plan put into action after fatal bus crash

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Authorities named the woman killed when the car she was riding in crashed into a school bus on Highway 29. She was 24-year-old Shannon Hall from Athens, which is northwest of Wausau.

The crash happened just before 9 p.m. Tuesday near the Brown-Shawano county line. Authorities say the car crashed into the back corner of a bus carrying students back from a volleyball tournament.

The varsity and JV volleyball teams were coming home from a match at Seymour when the car collided with the rear corner of the bus on westbound Highway 29 at Saint Augustine Road.

The Shawano County Sheriff's Office says Hall died at the scene. The driver of the car, 27-year-old Justin Cyzan from Marathon, was taken to a Green Bay hospital with severe injuries.

Twenty-six people were on the bus -- 22 students, three coaches and the driver. Six students were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

"There were six that were taken. There were a few others that when their parents picked them up they also took them to area hospitals," Pulaski Superintendent Milt Thompson said.

"We advised them that they needed to stay home for today," he added.

Of the 25 players on the girls volleyball team, including three who weren't riding the bus, 18 players were at school Wednesday.

"It's really amazing to me how resilient kids are," the superintendent said.

"Our students and coaches are incredibly resilient, and they do seem to be relatively calm and collected considering the situation that occurred here," said Bec Kurzynske, assistant superintendent.

Pulaski Community School District officials say they were ready to handle an emergency like this, but "It's not the way you want to recall the first day of school," Thompson said.

The district's crisis response plan was quickly put into action after the crash. Within an hour, students who weren't hurt were on a different bus on their way to be reunited with their families back at the school.

Counselors, who were with the injured Tuesday night, were on-hand again to talk with them and other students and staff at the school.

"When this happened, they immediately responded you know, going to the hospitals, being there for the families," Thompson said.

The district says it's worked with other school districts to create and implement the best crisis response plan for this sort of event.

"If you're aware of them, if they're not just in a binder, then when these things happen you operationalize them and you walk through them," Thompson said.

"We have procedures in place for when there are accidents, the notification of families, making sure that we work with highway patrol, that we work with local law enforcement, fire departments and others in a coordinated response, to ensure not only that families are informed but that whatever the local municipalities need, whatever police and others need, that we're a partner with them," he expounded.

Highway 29 westbound was closed for about five hours during the investigation.

The Brown County Sheriff's Office helped the Shawano County Sheriff's Office with crash reconstruction.

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