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Video Released of Bus Driver Avoiding Semi Crash

ROLLA, Mo. -- Rolla police have released video of a crash on I-44 that was narrowly avoided by a quick acting bus driver for Rolla Public Schools. The crash, involving a tractor-trailer, happened in mid-September. Friday, the video was posted to the Rolla Police Department's Facebook page.
ROLLA, Mo. -- Rolla police have released video of a crash on I-44 that was narrowly avoided by a quick acting bus driver for Rolla Public Schools.  The crash, involving a tractor-trailer, happened in mid-September.

Friday, the video was posted to the Rolla Police Department's Facebook page, showing the dramatic crash and actions taken by bus driver Don Lewis, to avoid the crash.  (see below)
The video was captured by an on-board camera on the bus and released with permission of Rolla Public Schools. 

Rolla Police Chief Mark Kearse also posted this on the department's Facebook page:

"On the morning of September 16, 2013, Rolla Public Schools bus driver Don Lewis was traveling east on Martin Springs Drive, in a Rolla Public Schools bus, transporting approximately 40 students to school. Adjacent to the school bus, a Freightliner tractor-trailer was traveling the same direction on I-44. The driver of the Freightliner suddenly lost control, and the truck left the roadway, struck the guard rail, and flipped onto its side. The guard rail was ripped from its posts and both the guard rail and the Freightliner shot across the roadway in front of the school bus. Mr. Lewis observed the events as they unfolded and immediately reacted by braking to slow the bus and while exercising great control, was able to steer the bus around the quickly approaching tractor-trailer and completely avoid a collision.

Mr. Lewis’ driving skills, quick reactions, and ability to stay calm during an extremely tense situation resulted in all of the students making it safely to school. After viewing the footage of this incredible incident, from the school bus video camera I felt the need to recognize Mr. Lewis’ outstanding efforts with a Letter of Recognition and a certificate, in grateful appreciation. Thanks for a job well done! -Chief"






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