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Power line down after getting hit by school bus in NW Rochester

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Published: May. 3, 2022 at 1:09 PM CDT
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UPDATE: The power line had to be replaced. As of 3:00 p.m. there were no reports of customers without power, according to Rochester Public Utilities (RPU).

The road will open when crews finish replacing the power line.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A school bus hit a power line in NW Rochester causing the power line to go down and customers to lose power.

The accident happened at the intersection of Valley High Drive and 19th St. NW, just east of Lourdes High School.

Power line down
Power line down(KTTC)
Power line down
Power line down(KTTC)

According to Rochester Police Department (RPD), there were no kids on the bus and the bus driver was not injured in the collision with the power line.

RPD said the bus driver had a medical issue causing them to lose consciousness and black out. The bus then hit the power line.

The bus driver was taken to St. Marys.

NW Rochester incident
NW Rochester incident(KTTC)

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) outage map showed 134 affected customers reporting a power outage in that area as of 1:10 p.m.

Two fire trucks, an ambulance and police responded to the area.

19th St. from Valley High Drive to 19th Ave. is blocked off while crews work to restore the power line.

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