FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Pelican Rapids man has died from injuries suffered when he fell off a party bus over Halloween weekend.

The Otter Tail County coroner’s office says 24-year-old Raul Patino died Saturday at a Fargo, N.D., hospital.

According to The Daily Journal of Fergus Falls, Coroner Gregory Smith says Patino died from a traumatic brain injury suffered in the fall. His death was ruled accidental.

The Otter Tail County sheriff’s office says alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, which happened early on Oct. 30 near Erhard.

KBRF-AM reports the driver and most people on the bus did not know that Patino fell out the back door of the converted school bus.

MnDOT was called in to investigate whether the bus was operating legally.

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Comments (10)
  1. @Corky says:

    Put you back in school, your ability to form a sentence proves your success.

  2. Jake says:

    Not to make light of the tragedy, but when things like this happen, I always think it’d be kinda funny if the family said, “At least he died doing what he loved most . . . .”

  3. close friend says:

    I’m going to pretend I didn’t see the last comment.

    If anyone would like to help the patino family please go to


  4. jackactionhero says:

    Doesn’t take much of a knock on the head to cause very serious injury. I am living proof. I had a TBI with PLOC just over 2 years ago and still suffer the side effects of PCS and vertigo.

    It’s unfortunate that his friends didn’t notice he had fallen, right when it happened, although from the description of his injuries it may not have affected the outcome.

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