VILLAGE OF SALEM LAKES - A bus ride to school turned deadly just after 7 a.m. Friday in the Village of Salem Lakes near Kenosha after a van suddenly crashed into the back end of the bus.
According to the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department, the school bus was stopped in the 24500 block of Wilmot Road on its way to Westosha Central High School when it was rear-ended by a van. The van's driver died at the scene.
“The front of the van went underneath the back of the bus," said Sheriff David Beth.
"When it did this, the bumper also traveled through what would be the windshield area... The driver was killed in this accident," he continued.
Although the Kenosha County Medical Examiner's Office has not identified the driver of the van, Beth confirmed the driver was a 21-year-old man from Antioch, Illinois. The van he was driving was a work vehicle for a tile and flooring company in Kenosha.
“Whether it was a medical condition or he was distracted, [there are] no apparent skid marks," Beth said.
"From initially, what I’ve been told, I’m going to assume something was going on that he didn’t notice a school bus in from of him," he continued.