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University of Wisconsin employee killed in metro bus accident

A long-time University of Wisconsin employee was killed recently when she was struck by a Metro Transit bus on the school campus in Madison. The accident occurred just before 9 a.m. as the New Glarus, Wisconsin, woman was headed to the university library to begin her regular work day.

Madison law enforcement officials, state police and the Metro Transit are conducting investigations into the fatal accident. They hope to determine what may have happened to cause the accident that killed the 58-year-old library worker.

Police reports say the pedestrian was in a busy cross walk at the time the bus struck her. The bus, investigators say, was turning left from North Lake Street onto University Avenue.

Officials from the Dane County Medical Examiner's office reported that a preliminary autopsy indicates that the university worker died as a direct result of the injuries she suffered in the accident.

Because it has yet to complete its internal investigation, Metro Transit has released limited information about the female bus driver involved in the fatal accident. Police have revealed that the driver was an employee of Metro Transit for two years and that she did undergo federally required drug and alcohol testing following the accident. The bus company has not released the results from those tests.

According to reports, the intersection where the accident occurred only uses a left turn light during special events or concerts. Residents of the area say it is a particularly dangerous intersection.

University officials say the UW-Madison worker had been employed at the university for more than 25 years. Her survivors include her husband and her adult daughter.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, "UW library employee killed by bus remembered as great storyteller who loved to share knowledge," Deborah Ziff and George Hesselberg, 24 June 2011

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