September 24, 2015 (MINNEAPOLIS) Thursday at 9:23 am, Minneapolis Police responded to a report of a two bus crash in the area of 36th Street East and 1st Avenue South. Arriving officers found that two buses had collided in the intersection and one bus was re-directed into the corner of a house. The roadway was immediately shut down.
The driver of the bus that struck the house was the lone occupant, while the other bus had 13 students and one bus driver on it. Officers and several bystanders came to the aid of 15 people involved. The students, ranging in age from 6 – 10, were given a primary assessment before they were removed from the bus to an area off of the street. Three students complained of discomfort as a result of the crash. Both drivers also had minor injuries. An emergency room doctor from Hennepin County Medical Center responded to the scene and gave a more thorough evaluation to each of the students and bus drivers. It was determined that two of the students and both bus drivers would be transported to the hospital for further treatment of minor injuries. One student was treated at the scene and released to the school staff.
Thanks to a generous donation to the Minneapolis Police Department, officers were able to give each of the students a new stuffed animal of their choice at the scene. This appeared to help calm the children during this stressful event.
Both buses were operated by the Minneapolis & Suburban Bus Company who was contracted out by Minneapolis Public Schools and another private school.
The Minneapolis Police Department’s Traffic Unit responded to the scene and will be conducting the crash investigation. Due to the amount of damage to the buses, the Commercial Vehicle Inspector for the Minnesota State Patrol will be inspecting each of the buses to check for any mechanical malfunctions.
The intersection was reopened shortly before 11:30 am.