Car fleeing police flips bus in Eden Prairie

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A suspect fleeing police crashed a car into a bus Friday morning in Eden Prairie, Minn. One person in a wheelchair was onboard the bus at the time of the accident, which happened at the intersection of Valley View Road and Eden Prairie Road.

According to Eden Prairie police, an officer saw the car speeding westbound on Valley View Road. When they attempted to stop the car, the suspect sped up and fled. The officer terminated the pursuit prior to the crash.

The car t-boned a Transit Team accessible bus driven by Tommy Potter, 63, of Burnsville, Minn., causing it to roll on its side. Potter and the passenger he was driving at the time were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the car, 29-year-old John Stansberry of Eden Prarie, was also transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Alcohol was detected on Stansberry at 8:41 a.m.

Stansberry could potential felony charges for fleeing police in a motor vehicle, as well as charges for criminal vehicular operation and DWI.  

Transit Team statement 

We are relieved to know that despite the severity of the accident today, both our driver and our passenger are safe tonight. The result is a testament, not only to Transit Team, but also to the personal commitment of each of our drivers, to always maintain the well-being of our passengers. This is why we do what we care for and keep our passengers as safe as possible, regardless of what happens around us on the road.