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Photos: Bloody bystanders, chainsaws all part of light rail emergency drill

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Emergency personnel conduct an emergency response drill after a simulated accident on the Metro Transit Green Line near TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Jeffrey Thompson / MPR News

Those who saw a helicopter, flashing emergency lights, and a throng of bleeding people at the University of Minnesota today can rest assured: It was just a drill.

Along the U of M Transitway, a bus was tipped on its side, simulating a light-rail train that had derailed after a bomb went off. Law enforcement and university staff were testing their communications systems and emergency response.

The Green Line, which will connect the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis, opens June 14.