July 23, 2017 04:35 PM
Police identified the victim of a fatal crash that occurred Friday after a car jumped a median and crashed into a city bus, according to St. Paul Police.
Police identified the victim as 48-year-old Kenneth Foster.
Police also identified the driver of the vehicle, who fled a hit and run prior to crashing into the bus.
St. Paul police say 26-year-old Tyler Randall Bjelland's vehicle struck and killed a passenger on the bus in the crash at the intersection of Dale Street and Charles Avenue after 7:30 p.m. The St. Paul Police Department's Public Information Officer's office tweeted late Saturday morning Bjelland remains hospitalized but has been arrested on probable cause criminal vehicular homicide.
Bjelland struck a median, causing the car to go airborne and into a Metro Transit route 65 bus. Foster was ejected from the bus and died from his injuries. A 19-year-old male passenger remains in critical condition.
CRASH UPDATE 1/2: Driver of car that ran stop sign, struck bus ID'd as Tyler Randall Bjelland, 26, of Minneapolis. He remains hospitalized.— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) July 22, 2017
CRASH UPDATE 2/2: Bjelland has apparent leg injuries, preliminary signs of impairment, arrested on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide.— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) July 22, 2017
Police say Bjelland sustained apparent leg injuries in the crash. They say early signs indicate Bjelland was impaired at the time of the crash.
A Metro Transit spokesman said neither he, nor the responding personnel he spoke with have ever seen anything like the crash and its aftermath.
"It just really shook all of us to the core," spokesman Howie Padilla said. "I've spoken with people that have worked in the transit industry, people that have worked in law enforcement tonight for decades -- decades and decades of experience -- and to a person, all of them have said they haven't seen anything like this before.
"I heard it all the way inside the house, it was unbelievable," neighborhood resident Brannon Drees said. "I was trying to piece it all together."
Drees lives right near the intersection where the crash happened, and he says many of his neighbors came outside near the scene to try and help.
"The entire (car) frame was all like an accordion, crushed back and the flames were shooting out of it," Drees said as he described what he saw.
Bjelland has a criminal history that includes a DWI and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He also was convicted in 2012 of violation of an instruction permit by a person 18 or older.
Stay tuned to KSTP.com for updates.
Michael Oakes and Brett Hoffland
Updated: July 23, 2017 04:35 PM
Created: July 22, 2017 11:47 AM
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