Man has leg amputated after driver crashed into Lake Street bus shelter

Three people were injured in the Sunday evening crash.
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The shocking crash that happened on Sunday evening at a Lake Street, Minneapolis bus shelter left one man requiring a leg amputation and two others with serious injuries.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged Michael Boucher, 40, of Minneapolis, with three counts of criminal vehicular operation after he was behind the wheel of an SUV that smashed into the shelter at Lake Street and 22nd Avenue South.

Video cameras showed Boucher's vehicle heading westbound on Lake Street at "speeds faster than other drivers," before rear-ending a vehicle ahead and then smashing into the bus shelter.

After hitting the shelter, he drove across a nearby driveway, through a business complex, and stopped at a concrete wall.

Three men who were inside the shelter were injured, with the first found face down on the pavement "bleeding heavily with severe injuries to his legs," with "bones protruding from them."

He ended up having one of his legs amputated, and suffered other injuries including a skull fracture and abdominal bleeding that have kept him unconscious since Sunday.

Another man stumbled into a nearby restaurant bleeding from the face and struggling to breathe as he'd suffered broken ribs, while a third man had puncture wounds to his abdomen, and injuries to his legs, hands, hip and elbow.

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When police arrived, they found Boucher "digging under the seats" of the vehicle, with officers finding several hypodermic needles under the seats.

Boucher's blood is currently being tested, but he told police he'd had six lines of cocaine and marijuana at a party that morning, but while behind the wheel said he had a "coughing fit" that caused him to lose consciousness.

A passenger in Boucher's car said he had not coughed or sneezed before the crash.

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