Metro Transit bus strikes pedestrian, injures passengers


When a Metro Transit bus driver hit a pedestrian in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday night, he hit the brakes hard enough that passengers inside the bus were also injured. None of the passengers, who were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, sustained injuries that were considered life-threatening.

WCCO reports the incident happened just after 8:30 p.m. at the intersection of 2nd and Washington avenues. The station said that the pedestrian, who was conscious and breathing after the incident, was also taken to HCMC.

Twin Cities news organizations vary in their count of the number of injured. The Star Tribune said the bus driver and nine passengers, including at least one child, also were taken to the hospital, complaining of neck and back pain suffered when the bus stopped quickly. KSTP put the number at 13. KARE 11 called it "several."

FOX 9 reported the bus driver was taken to HCMC by Metro Transit staff for a medical evaluation. The driver will also undergo testing for drugs and alcohol, which is required and routine in such cases.

Several streets downtown were closed for a time as a result of the crash.

Metro Transit police are continuing to investigate the incident. A crash reconstructionist was on the scene Tuesday night.

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