Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Metro Transit Bus Collides with Truck

Bus Collides with Truck in Downtown St. Paul, 8 Injured

At least eight people were rushed to Regions Hospital after a Metro Transit bus collided with a truck in downtown St. Paul Wednesday morning.

The collision sent the bus, route 94, into a nearby parking garage shortly after 9 a.m. at Cedar and Sixth Streets. A Metro Transit spokesperson says the truck ran a red light.

John Siqveland of Metro Transit tells the bus went into the Alliance Bank Center parking ramp after the collision.

The driver of the bus at one point was trapped inside the bus.

Metro Transit officials say it appears the victims suffered non-life threatening injuries. Two of the victims who were inside of the truck were taken to the hospital with "five or six" victims on the bus also taken to the hospital.

Metro Transit expects the scene of the crash to be cleared by 11 a.m.

Metro Transit Police, according to Siqveland, ticketed the driver of the truck. The driver of the bus will be given a drug and alcohol test, which is Metro Transit policy.

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