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

​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). At the same time, a 69-year-old female was driving a minivan north on the highway. As the school bus was coming to a stop and activating its flashing yellow lights, the 7-year-old started across the highway toward the bus and crossed in front of the minivan, which struck him. The pedestrian was fatally injured. The minivan driver and the pedestrian’s two siblings were not injured. ​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.


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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01684426
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB/HAB-18/17, Accident ID: HWY17SH002, DCA15SS005
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 23 2018 7:43AM