An 89-year-old Minneapolis man was killed in a shuttle bus crash Wednesday morning on Interstate 394 near the Xenia/Park Place exit in Golden Valley.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the shuttle blew a tire and spun into the concrete barrier just before 9 a.m.
One passenger, 89-year-old Charles Miranda of Minneapolis, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators believe Miranda was securely fastened in a wheelchair in the back of the van, and they say he likely died from internal injuries.
A second passenger, 85-year-old Beverly Gilman, of Minneapolis, was taken to North Memorial Medical Center with a broken leg. The driver of the bus, 55-year-old Lalji Patel of Crystal, had no apparent injury.
Everyone on the bus was wearing a seat belt, according to the accident report. The group was heading to Hopkins to participate in some activities.
The Augustana Care Center released a statement after the crash, saying, "We are deeply saddened by this incident. Our primary concern is reaching out to the resident's family and our resident in the hospital."
A spokesman told FOX 9 News the vans are routinely inspected, but investigators with the Minnesota State Patrol say they aren't sure if the crash could have been prevented.
For now, troopers are not placing any blame on the driver and they do not expect to ticket him.
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