The 13-year-old girl who was nearly hit by a semi truck as she was about to board her school bus tells Forum News that the incident happened in "the blink of an eye."
It was the last day of school for Paynesville Area Schools seventh-grader Alexis Schwartz on Friday and she was near the end of her family's driveway near Hawick in central Minnesota, standing back from State Highway 23.
It was that caution that likely saved her life when her school bus came to a stop on the two-lane road, its notification lights flashing and stop arm down. That's when the semi came roaring by, illegally passing the bus on the right, narrowly missing Alexis.
“She saved herself by paying attention," the girl's mother, Tracy Adams, told Forum.
Adams has asked the bus company and the county to help her find safer options for bus pickup next year, Forum reports.
State troopers released video (above) of the incident as they sought to find the semi driver who had not stopped after the incident. The driver came forward to authorities Tuesday night, although the name has not been released, state troopers say:
Passing a school bus with a child outside it is a gross misdemeanor under Minnesota law.