Girl boarding school bus narrowly avoids death

By Charlene Sakoda

On May 30, the last day of school in Minnesota, 13-year-old Alexis Schwartz was about to board her bus when she was hit with dust from the gravel road as a semi-trailer truck sped between her and the bus in an illegal maneuver.

The Hawick student told KTSP 5 Eyewitness News, "It came out of nowhere and tried to hurt me, the dust kicked up on me and then I had to step back because that just freaked me out and made my heart go crazy."

The Star Tribune reports that Schwartz estimated that the semi missed her by just an inch and a half.

Dash cam video from the school bus shows Schwartz waiting at the end of her driveway, the bus coming to a stop, and then the semi flying by on the passenger side.

Per his normal routine, Mike Egerman, the school bus driver, made the stop, put up the stop arm, and said two vehicles were stopped behind him. The driver said he saw Alexis take one step towards the bus and then the semi drove by at about 70 to 80 kilometres per hour.

Alexis Schwartz with her mother Tracy Adams. Photo: KTSP

Egerman recalled, “…as soon as that semi went by, I couldn’t see her. I thought she was under the semi. I thought she was dead. And all of the sudden, the dust cleared, and there she stood.”

Tracy Adams, Alexis’ mum, said, "It's mind blowing to see how close it came."

Fortunately Alexis had been taught by her mother to wait a safe distance back from the road until the bus comes to a stop. That lesson may just have been what saved the teen’s life.

Adams told KMSP Fox 9, "I was in tears. I was terrified for her. I mean if she hadn't been paying attention, she could have been dead. That truck could have killed her.”

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