MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO & CBS) – At least 8 people are injured after two buses collide. Authorities say it happened on Highway 280 in Minnesota.
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, cameras showed what appears to be two buses blocking the highway lanes near the intersection of East Hennepin Avenue, between Minneapolis and St. Paul. MnDOT officials say the southbound lanes are closed to traffic but open for emergency vehicles.
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Authorities say it appears that one bus took a hard left turn and went down the embankment and crashed into the highway median. From there it was apparently struck by another bus traveling south on the highway.
The bus that appeared to have lost control turning from Hennepin is owned by Lorenz Bus Service, and the other by Andy’s Charter.
The State Patrol’s accident reconstruction scene was on hand to determine exactly how the crash occurred.
The drivers of both buses had to be extricated from the vehicles.
Both buses were full of passengers. Regions Hospital confirmed they had received six adults with injuries — five were minor, but one person sustained serious injuries. Hennepin Healthcare said they had received two victims with minor injuries.
The Minnesota State Patrol says 42 passengers and two drivers were involved in the collision.
Troopers are working to transport the non-injured passengers to the Minnesota State Fair where at least one of the buses was headed.
The state patrol is investigating.