Redskins bus crash en route to Vikings game to cost Minneapolis $237,000


A crash involving the Washington Redskins team bus ahead of last year's game against the Minnesota Vikings is likely to set the City of Minneapolis back $237,000.

The crash happened last November as the Redskins made their way to TCF Bank Stadium, when an off-duty officer in the police escort lost control of his car and caused the bus to stop, with the team's other bus crashing into the back of it.

WCCO reports an attorney for the City of Minneapolis said a settlement had been reached with the bus company and its insurer in the wake of the crash, which is estimated at around $237,000.

The TV station notes the payment is expected to be approved by the council at a meeting next week.

According to the Star Tribune, the payment will be split between Minneapolis company Lorenz Bus Service and Gotham Insurance Co.

The newspaper notes the two companies had filed for damages to the buses after the crash, citing "an alleged loss of business while the buses were out of service."

FOX 9 says Redskins running back Silas Redd had to sit out of the game, which the Vikings won 29-26, with other players suffering "minor scrapes."

"MPD administration and City Attorney’s Office believe that the proposed settlement is in the best interests of the city and recommend approval by this Committee and City Council," the City Attorney’s Office told the TV station.

There is currently debate ongoing as to who will provide the security detail for future Vikings games at U.S. Bank Stadium, with WCCO reporting that the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has been talking to the Vikings about taking on the job.

This has caused concern among leaders of Minneapolis police, whose off-duty officers provided the security in the days of the Metrodome, and had hoped to continue the role once the new stadium opened. Talks are ongoing.

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