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Woman pinned by bus near Target Field

MINNEAPOLIS - A woman was hit and pinned under a school bus in downtown Minneapolis near Target Field on Thursday afternoon.

It took two police officers to help free her leg from under a front bus wheel, police said.

The accident occurred shortly before noon when the empty school bus turned left onto the on-ramp for Interstate 394 and struck the woman as she crossed Third Street North, said John Elder, a Minneapolis police spokesman. The bus driver had a green light, police said.

The woman was transported by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries to her leg, he said.

The bus was operated by the Webster, Wis., school district and had just dropped off a group of students for an afternoon Minnesota Twins game.

The area was crowded because of the game, but Elder said the rescue response went very smoothly.

“We want to express our strong appreciation to Metro Transit police officers who applied a tourniquet at the scene and to the State Patrol for investigating,” he said. "It was one of those instances where everything went well and we had the best outcome for a bad situation.”

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