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August 15, 2014  |   Comments (5)   |   Post a comment

Trucker charged for passing school bus, nearly striking girl


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Video footage from the bus shows the truck passing the stopped school bus. The door can be heard opening and the semi passes, prompting the bus driver to exclaim and honk his horn.

Video footage from the bus shows the truck passing the stopped school bus. The door can be heard opening and the semi passes, prompting the bus driver to exclaim and honk his horn.

MINNEAPOLIS — StarTribune reports that truck driver Allen H. Morris is being charged with two misdemeanors after passing a stopped school bus and almost hitting Alexis Schwartz, a sixth-grade student who was about to board the bus.

Morris was charged this week in Kandiyohi County District Court with violating two statutes on May 30 that called for him to obey the flashing bus lights and extended stop arm. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 10.

In the criminal complaint, Morris said that he was looking off to one side at a field before returning his eyes to the road, saw the girl standing there and was “freaking out” as he drove between her and the bus, and kept going, because he panicked and didn’t know what to do, according to StarTribune.

The bus video shows how the truck nearly ran over the 13-year-old, who was not injured. The bus driver, Mike Egerman, stops the bus in its lane at the end of a driveway at 7 a.m. The door can be heard opening and the semi passes, prompting the bus driver to exclaim and honk his horn, the newspaper reports. The driver said he had deployed his stop arm, as he does for every pickup and drop-off, according to StarTribune, and that a vehicle had already stopped behind the bus, as did another coming toward the bus.

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I'm going to add one more comment to this. We all know that the driver of the semi probably was not paying close enough attention while driving. The picture also does not show the 2 cars that were going in the opposite direction who also failed to stop for the bus. Semi drivers are taught to always go to the right in the event of an emergency. I have several friends who have been truckers for years and they say the same thing.

Douglas Wood    |    Aug 22, 2014 04:09 AM

Everytime a story like this comes up, people comment not realizing that regulations vary by state! In Michigan, when there are no crossers, we are required to stop as far off the road as possible in order to prevent this situation. Other states require you to stop in the lane.

Michael    |    Aug 21, 2014 08:10 PM

We saw this video at a school bus refresher course at the end of July. It took this long to bring the charges! Our drivers harp at the students not to move to the bus stops, wait until directed to come to the bus and we ask the parents not to undermine the bus drivers. No the bus driver is in the proper lane, this a 2 lane highway. The only reason it looks wide is because of the fog line on the right, the road is widen at the entrance of the drive way and mailbox of which the driver also missed. The other thing this still photo fails to show is the 2 cars going the opposite direction who also ran the stop arm.

Douglas Wood    |    Aug 20, 2014 03:58 AM

Actually it is a 2 lane road and the driver is right where he should be. You should never use the shoulder to pickup, stop the traffic by claiming your lane. I see alot of folks driving in that "lane" just because the shoulder is wide enough to accomodate a car.

steve carlson    |    Aug 20, 2014 03:56 AM

The picture shows the school bus in the wrong lane for dropping off kids. It should be in the lane closest to the right side of the road where a child would not be in danger of getting run over.

Frank Hyden    |    Aug 19, 2014 07:54 PM

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