By Reg Chapman

UPDATE: The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office identified 31-year-old Plymouth resident Phillip Ryan Anderson as the crash victim on Thursday.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Brooklyn Park police are investigating after man on a bike was struck and killed by a school bus Wednesday morning.

Police say the crash occurred at 6:29 a.m. near the intersection of 65th and Zane avenues north in Brooklyn Park.

According to police, responding officers found a man who had been struck by a school bus while riding a bicycle. He was killed in the collision.

According to an automated message on Prodeo Academy’s main line, the school bus was driving kids from that school, located in north Minneapolis.

A battered bicycle and a school bus marked the spot on 65th and Zane Avenues where the crash happened. Police arrived to find a shaken bus driver and 10 kids who witnessed the accident.

“We got another bus right away and got them off to school. We did connect with the school and made the school aware of the incident and what the trauma that the kids had witnessed so we got some counselors at school and parents alerted,” Brooklyn Park Police officer Mark Bruley said.

The driver of the school bus is cooperating with police and remained on scene, and witnesses reported that it didn’t appear the driver even saw the bicyclist. There were no other injuries in the incident.

Prodeo Academy says it is providing counselors and has reached out to families individually, to ensure they received the emotional support they need.

The Minnesota State Patrol and Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is assisting Brooklyn Park police in the investigation.

Investigators do not believe weather played a role in the accident. The crash happened before the snow began to fall.

Reg Chapman

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