Semi Illegally Passes School Bus on Shoulder, Nearly Hits Girl in Central Minn.

Updated: 06/03/2014 10:25 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 2:29 PM
By: Beth McDonough

The Minnesota State Patrol is asking for the public's help in tracking down a semi driver who almost hit a girl getting on a school bus in central Minnesota on Friday morning.

Video from inside the school bus shows the semi illegally passing the stopped school bus on the right shoulder on Highway 23 near Paynesville. The state patrol says the school bus had its stop arm down and safety lights flashing.

The 7th grader, Alexis Schwartz, was waiting at the end of her driveway for the school bus to take her to school when the semi roared between her and the bus at highway speeds.

"It came out of nowhere and tried to hurt me, dust kicked up on me, I had to step back, that freaked me out and made my heart go crazy," Schwartz said.

"It's mind blowing to see how close it came." her mom said.

State Patrol deputies said if she had been hit at that speed, she would have died. "Obviously this is an incredibly dangerous situation it could've been a horrific tragedy had she been any nearer to the roadway," said to Lt. Eric Roeske.

The family was even more upset that the semi driver didn't slow down or stop to check on Schwartz.

"He should be held accountable, we need the public's help to find him," mom said.

The state patrol is reviewing the video, looking for the semi's license plate.  The semi is grey with a white trailer and the number indicating it's a 53-foot sleeper cab.

Anyone with information about the incident of the semi is asked to call Minnesota State Patrol.

A semi passed between a young girl and a school bus Friday morning.
Photo: Minnesota State Patrol

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