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Two Tour Buses Crash near Minnesota State Fair, 8 Injured

Updated: August 22, 2019 01:30 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Eight people were injured when two tour buses collided near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds just as the event was getting under way.

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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. Minnesota Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed a number of ambulances leaving the scene with victims.

The buses that crashed were from Andy's Charter Service in Little Falls and Lorenz Bus Service, both companies confirmed.

According to KSTP,  the Little Falls Community Schools superintendent confirmed all passengers on the Andy's Charter Service bus were adults including possibly one child. The passengers were part of the Little Falls Community Schools' community education program and were headed to the Minnesota State Fair. The driver of the bus told the superintendent a Lorenz Bus Service bus hit the Andy's Charter Services bus.

According to the superintendent, eight people on the Andy's Charter Services bus were taken to the hospital with injuries.

There are no details yet on what led up to the crash on Highway 280 about a-half mile from the fair, which started Thursday. The accident shut down the highway's southbound lanes.

Authorities are still investigating how the crash happened.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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