Metro Transit: 4 Hurt, 2 Critically, after Crash Involving Vehicle, 2 Buses

February 26, 2018 11:35 AM

Four people were believed to have been injured, including two critically, Monday morning after a southbound Metro Transit bus on Nicollet Avenue struck another vehicle that had just passed through an intersection on 73rd Street in Richfield.

Metro Transit spokesperson Howie Padilla said the vehicle then struck a northbound-facing Metro Transit bus that had been parked at 73rd Street. The driver of that bus was exchanging information following a separate, minor incident in which another vehicle had sideswiped the bus.


Padilla said it is believed there were four passengers in the vehicle, all of whom sustained injuries. Two passengers are believed to be in critical condition.

Padilla said initial information indicates both buses contained passengers, but that no reports of injuries to anyone on either bus had been received.

None of the four passengers injured have been identified, but Padilla said the preliminary information he was given was that there were at least two children in back of the vehicle.

"We're all humans here," Padilla said. "And when you hear four people were injured, including two critically injured, your mind starts racing and going to them.

"We're working with our partners at the state patrol. They're helping us with reconstruction of the accident. We're taking interviews with witnesses and we're going to do everything we can to try and figure out exactly what happened, exactly what led to that vehicle being in the pathway of that southbound bus at that moment."

The incident remains under investigation.



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