A 63-year-old man was struck and killed by a Metro Transit bus Thursday evening in downtown Minneapolis. The accident happened at about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of 1st Street and Marquette Avenue.
The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died early Friday morning.
Metro Transit said the northbound Route 12 bus was turning onto westbound 1st Street when the man was struck in the crosswalk. Metro Transit police are investigating and the driver has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The bus driver is a 16-year veteran of Metro Transit with "an exemplary work history." Standard post-accident drug and alcohol tests were administered Thursday night, with results not yet available.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with loved ones of the man who tragically lost his life last night and with our bus operator and his family," said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland.
This is the 10th pedestrian death from an accident involving a Metro Transit bus in 23 years -- the first since 2010.