Driver in deadly St. Paul bus crash pleads guilty

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Photo Courtesy: St. Paul Police Dept.

The driver accused of causing a deadly crash with a Metro Transit bus in St. Paul pleaded guilty to two felony charges, according to online court records.

On Friday, 27-year-old Tyler Bjelland of Minneapolis pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation with alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more.

The crash happened in July at Charles Avenue and Dale Street N.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Bjelland driving around 70 miles per hour, swerving on the roads and ignoring stop signs. At an intersection the car hit the median, went airborne and crashed through the bus.

One bus passenger died at the scene and another was critically injured.

Bjelland will be sentenced on February 28.