MINNEAPOLIS (WXOW/AP) — Two tour buses have collided near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds just as the event was getting under way.
Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic cameras show a number of ambulances leaving the crash scene with victims.
Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Gordon Shank said one of the buses was heading to the State Fair with 43 passengers and a driver. The other bus was empty, aside from the driver.
Both drivers were among the injured. The conditions of the injured were not immediately available.
KSTP-TV is reporting that the people were part of a group from the Little Falls Community Schools community education program according to the school superintendent.
Regions Hospital was anticipating receiving some of the injured.
The buses that crashed were from Andy’s Charter Service in Little Falls and Lorenz Bus Service, both companies confirmed.
The superintendent said the driver of the Little Falls bus told him the Lorenz Bus Service bus hit them.
Shank said the crash happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. on Highway 280, about a-half mile from the fair, which started Thursday.
The accident shut down the highway’s southbound lanes.