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Transit bus comes within feet of colliding into Rochester home

The bus lost control on a steep hill on 11th Avenue Northeast. No Injuries or structural damage was done to the home.

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Slick roads caused a Rochester Public Transit bus to nearly collide with a home around 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021, along 11 Ave northeast in Rochester. The single occupant and driver of the bus were uninjured. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Homeowners Ben and Jessica Ochs had just finished dinner with their 17-month-old son when they heard a "big bang" come from outside on Thursday, Jan. 14.

When Jessica ran to the door, there was a Rochester Public Transit bus parked in their front yard.

"We had a tree in front of the driveway, the bus ripped the whole tree out and ripped up the retaining wall right next to it," Ochs said. "Luckily, it doesn't seem to be anything super serious."

The crash occurred roughly about 6:30 p.m. while the bus was traversing up a steep hill on 11th Avenue Northeast. The driver couldn't make it up the hill, and lost control of the bus when he tried turning around to go back down, Rochester Fire Department Captain Brett Knapp said.

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The bus only contained the driver and one occupant, neither of whom were injured. No one in the home was injured and no structural damage was done to the house.

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Slick roads caused a Rochester Public Transit bus to nearly collide with a home around 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021, along 11 Ave northeast in Rochester. The single occupant and driver of the bus were uninjured. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

The front windshields of the bus were shattered as it crashed into a few large branches and a small tree in front of the house.

"Fortunately it didn't cause any structural damage to the deck or the home itself," Knapp said.

Erich is a digital content producer at the Post Bulletin where he creates content for the Post Bulletin's digital platforms. Before he moved to Rochester, Erich worked as a sports reporter for Rivals.com covering the University of Illinois' athletic programs in Champaign, Illinois. Readers can reach Erich at 507-285-7681 or efisher@postbulletin.com.
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