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June 18, 2012  |   Comments (19)   |   Post a comment

Stop-arm runner barely misses boy


Footage of a 2008 incident in Kanawha County, W.Va., in which a motorist illegally passing a school bus nearly struck a middle school student as he crossed the street. Video submitted by the West Virginia Department of Education.

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when i was 8 a semi missed me by an inch, i remember the smell of grease,rubber,road and my vision disapeared. the bus driver thought i had been ran over. i was in full out run when this happened. the truck actually came up behind the bus and went between the bus and the mail box, i was closer to the bus than the mail box.

Tony    |    Dec 28, 2012 05:56 AM

This is why holding the students on the side of the road in order to wait for the bus drivers signal to cross is a critical part of procedure. Even in states where this procedure is in place, many bus drivers fail to incorporate it into their daily routine. The failure to do so could mean the death of a child.

Robert Gordon    |    Aug 31, 2012 12:20 PM

I'm led to believe the lights were indeed workin as the crossing arm in front of the bus was working and it works on the same order as the lights those drivers just ignored the law

Larry Carter    |    Aug 30, 2012 11:34 AM

This message is in response to Fritz's question below. The identities of the drivers who passed the bus couldn't be determined, but an investigation found that the cars had come from the nearby high school. The principal issued memos on the matter, explaining that anyone found to be a culprit in the incident would be prosecuted. You can read more about it here:

Kelly Roher    |    Aug 13, 2012 09:29 AM

Would definatelt like to know and receive information as to if this motorist was identified and legal action taken. Any information about other incidents in this of other school districts using this system have had any success with actions to prevent offenses through court action.

Fritz Lohrey    |    Aug 10, 2012 01:54 PM

Drivers, Always remember that you have control on your afternoon run. DO NOT EVER let a student off until you know that all traffic is going to stop. That means....if you see traffic coming toward you on a two lane road, and you know that your student crosses the road way, do not let that student off until traffic has approached your bus and stop arm and has indeed STOPPED. will take more time, but that's OK! Safety is trumps all...and as you see in this video...could save a students life..even the "older" ones!

Sharon    |    Jul 01, 2012 03:13 PM

They only care for the safety of their kids, no one else matters. That's the selfish way of the world. Really sad and troubling.

Charles    |    Jun 26, 2012 10:19 AM

I am a driver in upstate NY and we are instructed to give the ok go hand signal when we have no bus aide. Maybe that is why this child was paying more attention to the driver than looking both ways. But after watching this video numerous times I did not see any flashing red lights,or stop signs come out.Was this bus pre-triped to make sure the reds worked?If this driver knew that cars continue to run the stopped why didn't he re-route so the child did not have to cross the road? Just to many things to question.

Sandra    |    Jun 25, 2012 04:46 AM

And NO citations were issued? Really? Why? If the school believes those cars were from a nearby school, then drivers can be identified. here in Iowa driver or not, the citation goes to the owner. Now tell me, If citations are not issued what difference does it make in making our kids safer? Where are the consequences for these drivers? Where is the motivation for law enforcement to find the potential killers? There is none because our school children have been under attack for years and many have had their heads in the sand. Until Law Enforcement personal take this issue seriously and personally and start finding these people and issue citations this behavior will continue. John Adams, School Bus Driver, Cedar Rapids Iowa Community Schools.

John Adams    |    Jun 24, 2012 08:56 PM

was the kid motioned to cross at that time? and why did the kid continue to look at the driver after seeing the first two cars blow right past the bus. I didn't see the lights flashing either, in california we have to cross all k-8th grade and we may cross others if necessary this should be thought about here

Debbie    |    Jun 19, 2012 08:13 PM

The camera footage indicates the warning lights are on by "WRN" and "STOP" icons flashing.

Michael    |    Jun 19, 2012 06:45 PM

I could not see any lights in the mirrors either. If this bus has the ambers and reds on the steering wheel like the Internationals do, sometimes they don't activate at the first touch. I have had that happen many times, so I have to watch either the dash or the indicators on the bulk head to see that they are on.

Gary    |    Jun 19, 2012 05:45 PM

why was he moving with the rail out?

michelle    |    Jun 19, 2012 04:37 PM

I don't see his red lights flashing in his crossover mirrors. Was his master switch on ???

Mike Sirianno    |    Jun 19, 2012 04:12 PM

this could have been sooo bad, deadly even. Bus drivers can not count on other drivers to do it right, that's why it is sooo important to teach those they see everyday to do 'thumbs up'. Glad for the reminder, without anyone getting hit.

joyce    |    Jun 19, 2012 04:06 PM

thank you! antonio. i said that on facebook and another person had a breakdown didnt know what i was talking about lmao im in cali

michelle    |    Jun 19, 2012 04:06 PM

Is there a reason why the driver is not "crossing" the student? This is what is done in California.

Antonio    |    Jun 19, 2012 03:32 PM

Very Bad Stop Location... The stop should have been farther down the hill or at the crest of the hill and curve. I know this point is not addressing the illegal passing of the bus. I have driven school buses for 8 years, and have had many close calls. Illegal passing is a problem but stops need to be visible.

Richard Davis    |    Jun 19, 2012 09:03 AM

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Steve Gardner    |    Jun 18, 2012 06:18 PM

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