MARINETTE — A pickup rear-ended a school bus about 3:34 p.m. Monday on Highway 64 in the Town of Peshtigo.

According to Sgt. Chris Lesperance of the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, the bus was stopped with the stop sign extended and the red lights flashing, however the driver of the pickup didn’t see that the bus was stopped and rear-ended the bus. He said none of the children on the bus were injured, and were all either transferred onto another bus or picked up by their parents after being checked by EMS. The driver of the pickup was transferred to Aurora Medical Center — Bay Area for suspected minor injuries.

According to Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief Mike Folgert, while nobody on the bus was injured, some of the children were “pretty shook up.” He said firefighters stayed on the bus with the children to comfort them and keep them calm while parents were being contacted. He said Tom Westlund of Westlund Bus Lines also came to the scene and assisted in arranging for another bus for the students.

Once the students were all accounted for and off the scene, Folgert said firefighters used hydraulic cutting tools to separate the two vehicles, and afterward cleaned up crash debris and some spilled antifreeze and other fluid from the vehicle. The road was cleared by 4:15 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted by the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department, BAMC paramedics and Marinette Rescue Squad, as well as a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden who assisted with traffic direction.