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Semitrailer narrowly avoids collision with school bus on Highway 13

Patrick Kelly

Friday afternoon, a semitrailer truck traveling down Colorado Highway 13 narrowly avoided colliding with a stopped Moffat County school bus near Mile Marker 95, leaving no injuries but many who were involved shaken.

"I looked up and seen him coming, and I hollered at the kids to watch out," said Bill Hering, who has been driving his bus for seven years.

According to witnesses, the semitrailer missed a direct collision with the school bus by mere inches. The shattered side-view mirror on the truck's right side proves they aren't exaggerating.

Robert Maag, who was driving the semitrailer, said he didn't think the school bus had its signal lights on. Maag was hauling approximately 180 barrels of oil at the time of the incident.

Moments before the near collision, Heather Martin's 12-year-old son stepped off of the bus. When the semitrailer swerved to avoid the bus, it nearly struck her son, she said.

"Today, within less than a minute, my son could be dead," she said.

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Emergency Medical Services was at the site soon after to verify no children or drivers were harmed in the process.

Martin said disregard for school busses is a constant issue on Highway 13 and law enforcement needs to do something about it.

"I think that the state patrol needs to be out here during morning and evening school bus pickup and dropoff,” she said. "They need to patrol this highway."

Lonnie Douglas, director of transport for Moffat County schools, reinforced Martin's concerns.

"We have a lot of problems on these routes with people running our lights and our stop arms, even with full reds flashing," he said.

Moffat County Sheriff's Office will proceed with a traffic accident investigation, said Cpl. Alec Brown.

Maag was issued a summons for careless driving, according to Sheriff KC Hume. It is believed the driver was an independent operator.

Hume also said that Martin’s request is something local law enforcement will take into consideration to have more proactive patrol.