Semi driver charged in school bus near miss

By: AP
By: AP

HAWICK, Minn. (AP) -- A semi driver who narrowly missed a girl getting on a school bus in central Minnesota has been charged with two misdemeanors.

Sixth-grader Alexis Schwartz says she felt the wind and dirt as the semi whizzed by on the right side of the bus in Kandiyohi County May 30. She says her heart was pounding and her hands were shaking because the semi was so close to her.

The school bus lights were flashing and its stop arm was extended when the semi blew by on Highway 23 between New London and Paynesville. The semi driver, Allen Morris, has been charged with two misdemeanors for ignoring the bus' lights and stop arm. Morris came forward after video of the incident was posted online.

The misdemeanors each carry a possible year in jail, a $3,000 fine, or both.


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