- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PULASKI, Wis. (AP) - A car collided with a school bus that was carrying high school athletes near Pulaski, killing a passenger in the car and injuring 14 people, sheriff’s officials said Wednesday.

Shawano County sheriff’s officials said the car hit the back of the bus about 9 p.m. Tuesday while the bus tried to cross Highway 29. The bus was carrying varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams from Pulaski High School - 22 students, three coaches and the driver.

Eight bus passengers were taken by ambulance to Green Bay area hospitals, authorities said, while 5 students were evaluated at the scene by medical responders and taken to hospitals by their parents.

A passenger in the car, a 24-year-old Athens woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, a 27-year-old man from Marathon, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.

School district officials helped connect uninjured students with their parents. The students were returning from a match in Seymour.

Highway 29 westbound was closed for about five hours following the crash.

Bec Kurzynske, school district assistant superintendent, said counselors would be available to students on Wednesday.