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​Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Minivan, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, October 6, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2016, a school bus was southbound on State Highway 59 about 10 miles south of Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota. The bus was occupied by the driver and about 12 student passengers, who were on their way to Challenger Elementary School in Thief River Falls. The bus had been traveling north, but the driver missed a scheduled stop and turned around to pick up a 7-year-old boy and his two siblings (ages 13 and 11) who were waiting on the east side of the highway (ordinarily, the boarding side for their bus).

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, was a combination of the pedestrian running across the highway travel lane in the path of the oncoming minivan; the minivan driver’s speed; and the low-light conditions, which would have limited the minivan driver’s ability to see the pedestrian. Further contributing to the crash was the bus driver’s failure to pick the students up at their designated stop.

Accident Location: Thief River Falls , MN USA  
Accident Date: 10/6/2016
Accident ID: HWY17SH002, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 10/17/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1817
NTIS Number:  

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