Coroner identifies boy killed in Hortonville crash

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Published: May. 9, 2019 at 8:40 AM CDT
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The Outagamie County Coroner has released the name of a boy who was killed in a crash on Highway 15 Thursday morning.

The boy was identified as 10-year-old Noah Taylor of Kaukauna. Noah, a Hortonville Elementary School student, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is being conducted and the coroner expects preliminary findings on Monday.

The crash happened on Highway 15, at about 8 a.m. on May 9.

The Wisconsin State Patrol says westbound traffic had slowed for a vehicle that was making a left turn. A passenger car was unable to stop in time and swerved to the left. The car hit the rear corner of a pickup truck and went into the eastbound lane. The car hit a school bus head-on.

Noah Taylor was in the back seat of the car. He died at the scene.

The car's driver, a 32-year-old Kaukauna woman, was taken to a Neenah hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the school bus, a 67-year-old Hortonville man, was taken to an Appleton hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The pickup truck driver was not hurt.

All of the people involved in the crash had seat belts on. The State Patrol says alcohol was not a factor. The adults have not been identified.

The Hortonville Area School District says there were no children on the school bus at the time of the crash.

The school district says counselors are available to people who need to talk. "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this student," the district said in a post on social media.

"Our trauma teams will be active. We'll have counseling available for our students and adults in the school district and providing those services throughout the next couple of days," says Todd Timm, Hortonville District Administrator.

Hortonville Police closed Highway 15 in both directions from Greendale to County Highway JJ until Thursday afternoon.

"At this point, we do not know what factors played into the accident," says Lt. Ryan Carpenter, Outagamie County Sheriff's Office. "The State Patrol is investigating that and we'll have more information on that as the reconstruction continues."