1 dead after speeding car smashes through Metro Transit bus

Police say the vehicle ran a stop sign and went airborne just before the crash.

One person is dead and a few are injured following a crash involving a Metro Transit bus Friday evening. 

St. Paul police say it happened around 7:30 at the intersection of Dale Street and Charles Avenue.

A 26-year-old Minneapolis man had been speeding and ran a stop sign, officials say. He struck the median, went airborne, and smashed through a Metro Transit bus.

There were six to eight people on the bus at the time, police say. 

A 48-year-old man was ejected and died at the scene. Another 19-year-old passenger was injured and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the car was also taken to the hospital in critical condition. He was arrested Saturday.

St. Paul police spokesperson Steve Linders tells the Star Tribune the driver was fleeing from the scene of a minor accident. Investigators are looking into whether drugs or alcohol were involved. 

"Our thoughts are with everyone involved--the victims, their families, the bus driver and the other passengers, responding officers, Saint Paul Fire medics and others who witnessed the horrific incident," the police department says in a Facebook post.

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