Metro Transit Bus Loses Control, Driver Dies

Posted at: 07/04/2014 2:14 PM
Updated at: 07/04/2014 9:37 PM

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis authorities are cleaning up after a Metro Transit bus lost control and drove onto the sidewalk in downtown Minneapolis, damaging garbage cans and smashing into light posts.

A WCCO-TV report says no passengers or pedestrians were seriously hurt. The driver was removed on a stretcher, and a KARE-TV report says he died at a hospital.

The accident happened Friday about 10 a.m. Witnesses say the No. 10 bus hit street lights and the awning of the WCCO-TV building.

WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak says he was almost hit as he walked by. He says the bus was moving slowly enough for him to run around it, but it sideswiped a bicyclist who suffered scrapes.

One passenger twisted his ankle as he ran forward to try to hit the brakes.

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