1 killed in double bus crash in downtown Duluth

One man was killed and 9 people were injured in downtown Duluth on Tuesday morning in a crash involving two Duluth Transit Authority buses. Duluth police Lt. Mike Ceynowa did not say if the man was a passenger or a pedestrian.

The crash happened just after 5 a.m. on the 400 block of West Superior Street. An eastbound bus hit a stop sign and traffic signal post at the corner of Superior Street and 5th Avenue West, crossed the centerline into cement barricades blocking a construction site at the Maurices headquarters. A westbound bus then hit the eastbound bus, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

There were about 15 to 20 passengers on the two buses in total and many were taken to area hospitals as a precaution.

Both drivers were "senior drivers with the DTA," director of planning and administration for the DTA Jim Heilig said. One has a 30-year record of clean driving and the other was "not far behind him." Both buses were less than a year old and they are equipped with cameras that will be used in the investigation.

The westbound driver was interviewed by police and taken for drug testing, a standard federal procedure. The eastbound driver was taken to the hospital.

Duluth police, the Minnesota State Patrol and the DTA are investigating, but Ceynowa said the incident isn't being treated as a crime at this time. 

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