Several people are reportedly dead in the crash of a tour bus on I-90 in Austin, Minnesota.
I’ll post links and info as things emerge.
4:37 p.m. – KTCC TV in Austin reports two dead.
4:39 p.m. – Pictures from the scene are coming from KAAL TV
It waas a bun from Strain Bus Line Motorcoach Tours, and it is a weekly bus that takes people from Rochester, Byron, Kasson and Blooming Prairie to Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood, Iowa.
4:43 p.m. – Background. Federal Motor Coach Safety Administration gives Minnesota a “good” (highest) rating in inspections of buses.
4:47 p.m. – There were no fatalities on buses in 2008, according to the FMCSA, but that’s incorrect. There was one in Albertville in the spring of 2008 when a bus carrying students back to Pelican Rapids from a band even in Chicago ran off the road on I-94.
Twenty-three people died in Minnesota in accidents involving buses in 2007. One of the more noteworthy crashes in this area was in Osseo, Wisconsin in 2005 when a tour bus hit a jacknifed trailer truck on I-94 (WCCO).
4:54 p.m. – MPR’s Tim Nelson is heading for the scene and will provide overnight/morning coverage.
4:59 p.m. – Bus company’s Web site.
5:02 p.m. – Additional photos posted on the Rochester Post Bulletin Web site. Most of the riders appeared to be elderly, the newspaper said.
5:05 p.m. – From MnDOT: I-90 in both directions: Road closed to traffic. Between Exit 166: Oakland Road and Exit 175: Oakland Avenue West (3 miles west of the Austin area). The road is closed to traffic. Look out for a serious accident.
5:11 p.m. – The topography of the crash area, courtesy of Google.
5:18 p.m. – Here’s Tim Engstrom from the Albert Lea Tribune with MPR All Things Considered host Tom Crann:
5:27 p.m. – Photo above courtesy of KAAL TV
5:37 p.m. – Minnesota Department of Public Safety has confirmed two are dead in the crash.
5:56 p.m. – Shifting updates over to this page.
7:10 p.m. – The Rochester Post Bulletin has posted video here.