School bus dash camera captures semi nearly smashing little girl [VIDEO]

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The semi passed on the shoulder at the same time the little girl was trying to board the bus.
:::: UPDATE :::: The semi driver has turned himself in, the State Patrol announced late last night.

The Minnesota State Patrol is looking for a semi driver who nearly smashed a little girl boarding a school bus near Paynesville on May 30.

As the bus rolled to a stop to pickup the girl on Highway 23 that morning, the semi blew past its flashing lights and extended stop arm and passed on the right-hand shoulder just as the girl was approaching the bus from that side of the road.

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The video tells the story:



State Patrol spokesman Eric Roeske tells us witnesses weren't able to get the bus's license plate number, so the video was released in hopes someone might be able to discern something about the truck's driver.

"At a minimum [the hope] is to education the public as to why it's important to pay attention around buses," he says. "Some don't expect them to slow down and make stops."

The State Patrol is responsible for investigating all incidents involving school buses throughout Minnesota, Roeske tells us. Asked how often the patrol hears of incidents like this one, he responds, "We get a lot of calls on school bus stop-arm violations, but thankfully very few are as egregious as passing on the right with a child there, especially a semi."

"It's an incredibly dangerous situation," Roeske continues. "It's very, very fortunate that young lady stayed back from the roadway until it was safe to approach the bus."

Anyone with information about this incident or the semi is asked the call State Patrol Lieutenant Brian Reu at 651-405-6047.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Allison Cunningham
Allison Cunningham

If he couldn't stop that fast then he was speeding. It's common knowledge that school buses make frequent stops, and you should allow enough room for the bus to do so safely. As a mother this makes me sick. My kindergartener gets on the bus on a rural highway and it's a huge fear of mine every time we wait together that some a-hole will do something like this.

Allison Cunningham
Allison Cunningham

If that's the case then the driver of the semi was tailgating. One of the first things you learn in driver's ed is to always give enough room to stop if the vehicle in front of you needs to stop, ESPECIALLY if said vehicle is a school bus. If you read the story it clearly states the bus had its lights flashing. Not stopping is against the law and heinously dangerous.

Nicole Johnson
Nicole Johnson

If you read the star tribune article posted above you will hear the account from the child & driver. Stop arm was down & lights were flashing and there was already a vehicle behind them stopped. No bus driver error here!

Roger Her
Roger Her

Looks like bus driver error...

Roger Her
Roger Her

Don't school bus have red flashing lights for pickup or drop offs.

Krista Zerwas Hoyland
Krista Zerwas Hoyland

If cops had decent audio/video equipment, it would be a lot harder for them to get away with their misconduct. They'd be forced to actually follow the law. I'm willing to bet that has something to do with the subpar equipment.

Larry Cuecumber
Larry Cuecumber

the only "smashing" i see is the bus driver smashing on his brakes. what was the semi driver to do? rear end the bus? go left into traffic? the kid is ten feet back and probably looking both ways like a good parent would teach them. I blame the bus driver, and aaron rupar for a sub-par blog.

Melissa Knutson
Melissa Knutson

It's horrible but to me it looks like the semi could have rear ended the bus and who knows what damage he could have done or hit oncoming traffic .. He couldn't stop that fast ...and I am a mother . I didn't see the sign out

Susan Angell
Susan Angell

I wonder if changing the procedure to pull to the side of the road slightly so the bus would be in between the lane and the shoulder would prevent this from happening? Then, drivers behind would have no room to pass.

Amy Murphy
Amy Murphy

The truck driver has turned himself in. Good.

Teri West
Teri West

If you look closely, you can see her shadow which shows how close of a call this really is. Hope he loses his license and is charged with something!

Caleb Peters
Caleb Peters

1080p dash cams sit at about 200 bucks now ($500 for mid-high end commercial DVR). Always baffles me when I see these low res cop/transit captures... Not saying it would help identify this truck, but it wouldn't hurt to invest in SOMETHING that wasn't produced in the early 90s.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

That was my first thought, too. 

Glad the kidlet was paying attention! Yikes.

fratdawgg23
fratdawgg23

Also, it would help if the lens is cleaned regularly.

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