Semi Sideswipes School Bus with 35 Kids, Nearly Strikes Trooper

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WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — A trooper and bus load of people had a close call on Highway 20 near Webster City.

The Iowa State Patrol recently shared dash cam video from Jan. 22. The video shows the trooper pulled over to help a Prairie City school bus that had broken down.

Just as Capt. Randy Jones steps out of his patrol car, a semi drives by, almost hitting the trooper and sideswiping the bus.

“I knew when I saw the semi coming, it was going to be very close. And my first thought was fear for the children that I had seen in the bus, and I was afraid it was going to be much worse than it was and not just a sideswipe. I was afraid he was actually going to impact in the back of the bus if not clip me in doing so,” said Jones.

“I felt the vibration, and I saw the bus shaking and moving,” said bus driver Juan Trujillo.

Trujillo said that’s when he saw debris flying.

“Inches. Very few inches,” Trujillo said.

That’s how close the semi came to rear-ending the bus with 35 kids and 10 adults on board.

“The first time I saw the video, it kind of shook me up a little bit,” Trujillo said. “How close it was to being a fatality … or could have been a major disaster.”

In a conversation with the driver after the incident, Jones questioned the driver to see if he was texting. The driver said he was not.

No one was injured during the incident, and the semi driver was ticketed $190 for failing to move over for an emergency vehicle.

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