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The cause of a fatal Minnesota bus crash may be due to the fact that the bus driver suffered from an aneurysm bursting in his chest while he was driving.
The AP reports that the crash occurred on the Strain Bus Line which was operating a tour bus to an Iowa casino.
The bus driver, Ed Erickson was driving the bus on a clear Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 90 near Austin, Minn. when he lost consciousness due to the chest aneurysm before the crash occurred. The bus actually crossed over the median dividing the highway from the eastbound lane it was traveling in. The bus made it all the way into westbound lanes before it ended up in a ditch.
A video that details the crash can be viewed here:
According to CNN, the bus lost control and flipped over into a ditch killing two women in the process. The bus crash was so devastating and scary, that many are questioning whether the bus driver's condition was known prior to the accident.
While delving into Mr. Erickson's records, Minnesota Public Radio reported that he was arrested in Fillmore when a sheriff had caught him cross the center line while driving his SUV on County Road 14. The court documents indicate that his blood alcohol at the time was 0.15 percent.
Fortunately, Mr. Erickson did have a valid license at the time of the crash. Patrol officers refused to comment on whether Mr. Erickson had his medical records up to date. Truck and bus drivers are required to carry and keep their medical records up to date.
State Patrol spokesman capt. Matt Langer said that investigators would be looking at various factors involved with the Minnesota bus crash and that Mr. Erickson's medical history would only be a part of the investigation. He also indicated that gaining access to his medical history would be difficult. Authorities need to get the patient's permission before they can gain access unless a judge issues a search warrant.
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