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6 hurt, 3 critically in Minneapolis bus shelter crash

Updated: July 09, 2019 06:28 PM

Authorities were at the scene of a crash involving a bus shelter in Minneapolis Tuesday morning.

According to a KSTP crew at the scene, the incident took place at the shelter at the intersection of Broadway and Lyndale avenues.

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KSTP Reporter Brett Hoffland reported seeing a paramedic treating people at the scene.

Initially, Metro Transit officials said two people were taken to Hennepin Healthcare and two were taken to North Memorial.

In an update later Tuesday morning, authorities said six men were injured with at least three being in critical condition. Two people were taken to Hennepin Healthcare with "non-critical" injuries while the other man was treated at the scene and released.

"Those individuals are on our minds, obviously if they're near or in our shelter, they're our riders, they are our community," said Howie Padilla, Metro Transit Spokesperson. 

Howie Padilla with Metro Transit confirmed it was not a chase that led to this crash, but they hope video surveillance can help in this case.

"Obviously there are areas where there's going to be video that we'll be looking to download and help tell the story," Padilla said.

Metro Transit officials said the driver of a vehicle clipped the mirror of a bus before crashing into the bus stop. Witnesses tell 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the driver was doing circles in the area moments before the crash.

"He came through the parking lot, hit the corner and accelerated, and that's when we ran over to the bus stop," said Derwin Tombert who was at the scene. 

Authorities said the driver in the crash was taken into custody and is cooperating in the investigation. He has since been released pending the results of an investigation.

Broadway Avenue reopened to traffic just before noon, after the damaged bus stop was removed from the area.

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