1 Killed, Several Injured After City Buses Collided

Two DTA Buses Involved in Crash in Downtown Duluth

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One man is dead and several injured after a Duluth Transit Authority bus crash early Tuesday morning in Downtown Duluth.  

The fatality and injuries happened after 2 city buses collided into each other.

Ambulances and squad cars flooded to the 500 block of West Superior Street around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

A bus heading east struck the traffic lights on the corner before crossing the center line and running into the cement barrier in front of the Maurices construction site. 

That’s when an oncoming bus from the opposite direction hit them.

Downtown Duluth on a weekday morning is a pretty noisy place.

But, John Cartier could not have prepared for what he heard Tuesday morning. 

“I was sitting having coffee at 5 o’clock this morning on my computer when all of a sudden I heard a loud “BANG.” I have never heard this kind of a bang before,” said Harbor Resident, John Cartier.

That bang came from 2 DTA buses slamming into each other at 5th Avenue West and Superior Street, startling folks living nearby. 

“It sounded like a vehicle fell out of the sky and hit the street,” said Cartier. 

Authorities confirmed the crash killed one man and injured several other passengers. 

But, police could not confirm if the victim was a passenger or pedestrian. 

They did tell us he was not one of the bus drivers.

As for what might have caused this crash, investigators are not ruling out speed.

“Until we have a chance to fully review video that’s on the bus and re-interview a lot of the passengers on the bus, we are not able to make that determination,” Lt. Mike Ceynowa from the Duluth Police Department. 

It’s an incident that’s left Duluthians stunned. 

“It was a horrific scene,” said Cartier.

The DTA tells us both bus drivers were senior drivers, including one with a 30 years record of clean driving and the other not far behind with experience. 

Investigators are looking into the possibility of a medical emergency causing the crash.

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