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June 04, 2014  |   Comments (19)   |   Post a comment

VIDEO: Truck passes bus on right, barely misses girl


Authorities said that a semi truck illegally passed a stopped school bus (which had its lights flashing and stop arm extended) on May 30, nearly hitting a young female student waiting on the side of the highway near Paynesville, Minn. The Minnesota State Patrol released this AngelTrax bus camera footage of the incident and asked for the public's help in tracking down the semi, which kept going after passing the bus. The semi driver later turned himself in. The girl was not injured.

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Good Morning All Bus Drivers, The new stop arm cameras are activated when the red lights come on even if the bus is in motion or not. In many states the law is different as to where to stop the school bus BUT, we all have to remember the stopping distance for large vehicles especially trucks and tracter trailers and the speed of said vehicles. When people see the amber lights (yellow lights) then tend to want to hurry past the stopping school bus. This driver may not have slowing down and/or paying closer attention. We all know this if the bus had crossed the solid white line on the right or been parrelled across the road. The truck would have done serious damage to all even the about to board student. He figured he had enough time to pass on the right to avoid all (hitting the bus/ or student on the left). He kept going because he probably didn't know about the stop arm camera and figured he wouldn't get caught. He did the right thing by coming forward. The school bus driver also did a great job with the crossing student because some students began to cross as soon as they see the bus stop. One last thing, this must have been a problem area with passing vehicles because this bus had a stop arm camera.

Era    |    Mar 04, 2015 05:14 AM

The driver is from MN. The white line is edge of pavement, only cross to avoid hazard or in emergency. If he did so, he was avoiding hitting a bus. If you are driving and see a school bus you must act accordingly, regardless of law. I think we all trust EVERYONE to act accordingly around a school bus.

Andy    |    Aug 15, 2014 04:46 PM

It's so sad that the majority are blaming the bus driver. Clearly, the truck was 1) not paying attention and 2) driving too fast. Yes, the truck avoided hitting the bus from behind but the truck driver would not have had to do this if he had been paying attention. As for the other cars not stopping, remember the reds do not come out until the bus is stopped, the cars were "running" the amber lights, not the reds. And this bus has the non-sequential lighting system, so the reds come out even if the amber lights are not activated. In Virginia, we do not pull out of the travel lane to load or unload students.

Kim Powell    |    Jun 10, 2014 03:45 AM

Lots of people post here not realizing that states have opposite laws sometimes. One person criticized for not pulling to the is quite possible that in MN the law is to stay in the road. In my state of Michigan however, it is law that you pull as far to the right as possible, just for this reason. Hard to tell if the warning lights were on, you would think we could see them but maybe the resolution is too poor. News articles I have read said they were on, and if the bus has a camera system advanced enough to be looking out the front, chances are it also records inputs from the warning lights.

Mike    |    Jun 09, 2014 06:59 PM

Why do we keep focusing on the bus driver when he was obviously following procedure and the law in making this stop. Instead, why not focus on stricter law enforcement and prosecution, the allowance of stop arm cameras as legitimate prosecution tools in all 50 states, public education, and a "no plea out" rule when it comes to prosecution of student-related safety issues such as this clown who obviously either wasn't paying attention or was too belligerent to drive as he should. Considering the speed in which he passed this bus, either the boarding student would have been killed instantly or the bus and passengers would have sustained severe damage and additional passengers seriously injured. Most states won't prosecute if the bus driver can't identify the face of the offending could you possible have done so in this case? The law leaves a loophole that I have watched attorneys for the defense pull their clients to dismissal far too many times.

John Byrne    |    Jun 09, 2014 02:23 PM doubt. BUT, how did the bus driver expect that truck, moving at that speed,to stop??Some of the blame has to lay with the bus driver. I've been a school bus driver trainer for decades and some of the drivers think they're God when they're out there on the road. Red lights mean stop, even if it's physically impossible to do, as it appears on this clip. Yield, school bus drivers, keep our children safe!

Molly    |    Jun 09, 2014 01:47 PM

Pat, Explain Why would it be unsafe for the bus driver to not go over the line (to their right) as long as they are parallel and stop a proper distance form the student- If the bus driver gets over the line then nobody has the space to pass on the right side which is where the loading door is- i don't understand why that would be handling the bus unsafe. I'm just asking....

lmcaraujo    |    Jun 06, 2014 05:55 PM

You stay stright in the road and not over the line or you are in fault of not handling your bus safely.And before opening the door that is what your mirrow's are for to make sure every one is stopped before opening the door.

pat    |    Jun 06, 2014 01:19 PM

But the school bus driver should have stopped pulling more towards the right hand side of the road so as not to allow space for any vehicle to pass on the right side of the bus!

lmcaraujo    |    Jun 06, 2014 10:29 AM

regarding Buddy's and Shelly's comments: "we can't really judge either driver too much. All we can say is that, by his own admittion, truck driver was at fault somehow." and "I don't see amber or reds come on and don't see the gate come out. On coming traffic never stopped . Bus drivers reaction tells me he did not check mirrors and traffic front and rear before he opened the service door. Makes me wonder if brake lights were working." Passing on right shoulder isn't enough for you? How about failure to pay attention to pedestrians present in the area? What would you require in a trial? What would you think if you were the bus rider there? I watched the on-coming traffic. Those vehicles proceeded past the bus, which actually hadn't yet stopped (there was a slight rise in the hood as it stopped). Immediately after the bus stopped the truck passed. I notice another oncoming car was stopping.

David    |    Jun 06, 2014 09:20 AM

Thank you bus driver for having your child trained to wait in their place of safety!!!

Linda    |    Jun 06, 2014 06:34 AM

You can't see whether the bus traffic control lights were on or not. You also can't see how close the truck was to the rear of the bus. So, we can't really judge either driver too much. All we can say is that, by his own admittion, truck driver was at fault somehow. After all, he turned himself in. And the story ends there.

Buddy    |    Jun 06, 2014 04:50 AM

this is where GPS tracking should be on every bus -it tells when the amber lights and stop arms are engaged- it could prove beyond a shadow of doubt who was at fault- personally i feel the trucker was speeding and not paying attention- we must remember its not worth someones life to gain a minute - this was almost tragic- but for the Grace of God it could have been my child or yours.

william    |    Jun 06, 2014 04:24 AM

Our policy is to pull as far right as you possibly can. Give them a chance to go around on the left if they don't see you.

Mike    |    Jun 05, 2014 01:49 PM

In no way was that the bus drivers fault. HE came from behind and on the right hand side of the bus. The bus warning lights were going to town. You can see them in the window. The idiot truck driver was not paying attention to the road.

John    |    Jun 05, 2014 01:26 PM

You are blind, you can clearly see the Reds blinking.

Jon    |    Jun 05, 2014 12:43 PM

I agree with Shelly why is it always the Truck Drivers fault, it seems to me that the Truck Driver avoided hitting the Bus in the rear. Not saying that they were not following too close or not paying attention. Just Glad no one was hurt.

Terry    |    Jun 05, 2014 12:40 PM

Glad the child is ok. Watching the cross overs and the front of the bus I don't see amber or reds come on and don't see the gate come out. On coming traffic never stopped . Bus drivers reaction tells me he did not check mirrors and traffic front and rear before he opened the service door. Makes me wonder if brake lights were working.

Shelly    |    Jun 05, 2014 12:21 PM

Unbelieveable. That guy was flying. We need harsher penalties for bus passings. In NY you have to ID the driver as well as the vehicle making it difficult to convict. We all need to support and initiate reform for the VTL regarding . That girl would have not stood a chance if she was 8 seconds sooner.

steve carlson    |    Jun 05, 2014 11:50 AM

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