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Investigators identify victim, driver in bus crash

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The names of both the driver and the victim have been released following that deadly crash on university avenue.

The driver of the bus is Debra Foster. She has worked for Metro Transit for a little more than two years. Foster has been put on paid leave while both Metro and Madison Police complete their investigation.

Metro Transit spokesperson Mick Rusch says, "We feel terrible for the driver but everyone here at metro feels horrible that this happened and everyone feels for the family and its just a very sad and somber day here at metro and everyone is trying to work through it and do everything properly and move metro into the future."

A metro spokesperson says there were five cameras on the bus and other buses in the area who may have caught the accident on camera.

Police say Foster was turning left from Lake Street on to University Avenue when she hit 58-year-old Maureen Grant. Police say Grant was walking in the crosswalk and obeyed all traffic laws. There is no word yet on whether Foster will face criminal charges.

Maureen Grant is a long time UW employee, a wife and mother. She started working at Memorial Library in 1985.

Her coworkers say the news of her death sent shock waves through the library. Flowers now lay at the intersection of Lake Street and University, marking the spot where tragedy suddenly struck and killed Maureen Grant.

Richard Reeb says people were stunned as news of Maureen's death spread throughout the library.

The 58 year old librarian worked in the central technical services department of Memorial Library on the UW campus.

Richard Reeb has worked with Grant for more than 20 years. He describes her as a smart, colorful and curious person, a person he will deeply miss.

Reeb says, "Maureen was a very giving person and she was extremely conscientious of her work."

Outside of work her passion was her family, her dogs, and gardening.

Reeb says, "Her husband. She talked about her daughter Hillary. Their home in New Glarus, their dogs, gardening, she had a lot she was involved in and a lot she shared with her colleagues."

Counselors were on hand for both UW faculty and students. Dr. Danielle Oakley says some students seeking comfort actually witnessed yesterday's accident. She says, "We tell them the feelings they have are normal, it's just an abnormal circumstance."

"It's very hard to deal with," said Reeb. Reeb and others on the UW campus are still grasping the reality of what happened, so quickly and unexpectedly a life taken. He says, "It's got people really thinking long and hard of fate of life or what can happen to us at anytime."

The Grant family sent out the following statement Thursday:

"The family of Maureen Grant is thankful for your interest in their well being and the heartfelt expressions of sympathy. They ask for you understanding in respecting their need for privacy. They have full confidence that the Madison Police Department and other agencies involved will do everything appropriate when investigating the circumstances of Maureen's death. They do not wish to make any further public comment at this time."

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Investigators have released the name of the woman killed when she was hit by a bus Wednesday morning.

The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office identified the woman as 58-year-old Maureen Grant of New Glarus.

The office says preliminary autopsy results show Grant died as a result of the injuries she sustained when she was hit by the bus.

The crash happened at the intersection of University Ave. and N. Lake St.  Madison police say Grant was crossing University Ave. in the crosswalk when she was hit by a Madison Metro bus turning onto University Ave.

Police say Grant followed all traffic rules.

Metro Transit said Thursday the bus driver was Debra Foster.  She began working for the bus company on April 20, 2009.  Metro Transit said it won't release any other details about Foster or the case because of the ongoing investigation.

27 News has confirmed Maureen Grant worked at Memorial Library on the UW Campus.

Madison police released a statement from Grant's family Thursday afternoon:

"The family of Maureen Grant is thankful for your interest in their well being, and the heartfelt expressions of sympathy. They ask for your understanding in respecting their need for privacy. They have full confidence that the Madison Police Department and other agencies involved will do everything appropriate when investigating the circumstances of Maureen's death. They do not wish to make any further public comment at this time. "

Colby Robertson will have more on this story coming up on 27 News at 5, 6, & 6:30.

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