5-year-old girl hit by car after getting off the bus in southern Minnesota

A 17-year-old driver from Rochester ignored the stop arm and flashing lights.
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A 5-year-old girl was hit by a car after getting off a school bus in Byron, Minnesota.

According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, the girl was hit after getting off the bus at Fourth Street Northeast and 10th Avenue Northeast on Wednesday afternoon.

She attempted to cross the street and the bus had its stop arm extended and warning lights flashing, but a driver failed to stop and struck the girl. 

She was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening leg injury. 

The driver responsible is a 17-year-old boy from Rochester, who is expected to face criminal charges once an investigation into the incident is complete, the sheriff's office said. 

KIMT reports that nearby Stewartville schools have seen an increase in the number of drivers ignoring school bus stop arms.

"In a normal week, we have 1 or 2 but in the past month, we have had maybe 6 to 8, and so that's really increased and it's bothersome to us," a bus driver told the TV station. 

It's law in Minnesota to stop at least 20-feet behind a school bus that has red lights flashing and a stop arm extended.

Drivers are not allowed to pass the bus until the lights are off the stop arm is pulled back in. 

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