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Semi driver that nearly hit student boarding bus turns self in

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PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) - The video is shocking on its own, but the fact that a little girl almost got run over by a semi-trailer because the driver couldn't wait makes it even worse -- but the Minnesota State Patrol says they've found the driver responsible.

Late Tuesday night, troopers announced via Twitter that the driver had contacted them less than 7 hours after video of the May 30 incident was released. The driver's name will not be released while the investigation is active, Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske confirmed; however, Fox 9 News has learned the driver is 48 years old, lives in Apple Valley and has had a commercial driver's license for 6 years.

"Here are tire marks for the semi," Tracy Adams pointed out.

VIDEO: 'That truck could have killed her'

Adams said her daughter, Alexis, was just about to board her school bus west central Minnesota when the truck came flying by, illegally passing on the right in front of their home.

"It scared me a lot," Adams admitted.

There were no students on board at the time, and neither the bus driver nor the student were injured -- but everyone certainly got quite a scare.

"I was in tears," Adams said. "I was terrified for her. If she hadn't been paying attention, she could have been dead. That truck could have killed her."

The 7th-grade student was waiting at the edge of her driveway when the bus slowed down to pick her up -- but just as she began to walk toward the door, a semi can be seen blowing by on the right shoulder before speeding off.

"You can see the truck appears to be gray in color with a white trailer," Lt. Eric Roeske said.

The Minnesota State Patrol asked for the public's help in locating the semi and driver, which cruised around the right side of the bus on Highway 23 near Paynesville and New London.  The school bus had its lights flashing and stop arm down at the time, and Roeske says it's illegal to pass when those red and amber lights are flashing for a reason.

"Had that child not been so far back from the roadway or if it had been a few seconds later when the child was approaching the bus, we would be talking about a much different situation," he said.

Roeske said he hopes the video will serve as a vivid reminder of how important it is to be careful around school buses.

"If you see a school bus, you need to realize it's going to stop unexpectedly," he said. "Give them extra room and be aware."

After watching the video, Tracy Adams says the school district needs to do more to keep her daughter safe when she's getting on and off the bus; however, in the meantime, she's just grateful Alexis survived a close call.

"Somebody was looking out for her that day," Tracy Adams said. "I thank God every day."

Passing a school bus on the right is a gross misdemeanor offense.

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