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University of Wisconsin library employee killed in bus accident

Employees at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse were undoubtedly saddened recently to learn of the death of a university employee killed in a bus accident on the Madison campus.

The 58-year-old woman was walking down a street on her way to work at the library building. She was crossing the street when she was run into and fatally injured by a city bus making a left turn.

Police marked the scene of the pedestrian accident with yellow cones near the woman's cell phone and umbrella that were lying in the road. The woman's sandals and a bag were found under the bus.

The driver of the bus, a two-year employee of Metro Transit, was picking up passengers along the busy route at the time of the accident. The bus company could not offer any more information about the driver because of the ongoing investigation.

The bus driver has submitted to federally required drug and alcohol tests. Those test results have not been released.

Employees of the university who work in offices near the accident scene said the intersection is very dangerous. Officials in the traffic engineering division of the City of Madison were not available for comment.

The woman had been employed in various positions at the campus library since 1985. She was remembered as being helpful to the students and a good storyteller.

The loss of this woman's life is a reminder of how dangerous even the simple act of crossing a familiar street can be. Drivers of cars, buses and other vehicles are often frustrated by city traffic and sometimes hit the gas pedal before carefully checking for pedestrians.

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

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