North Thurston Public Schools and Crime Stoppers of Olympia/Thurston County are looking for information on a truck that passed a school bus on the right shoulder at 4:09 p.m. last Thursday at Pacific Avenue Southeast and Mountain-Aire Drive Southeast in Lacey.
“The truck passed the bus on the load door side crossing the fog line as the bus was about to let students off,” states a Facebook post by Crime Stoppers. “Flashing lights and crossing arm were engaged at the time.”
North Thurston Public School spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve said the bus’s yellow lights were flashing as the truck went by.
“While it was technically not a stop paddle violation, the driver could be charged with reckless or negligent driving,” she said, adding that it could result in a $400 to $500 fine.
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North Thurston’s bus drivers typically report about 10 such incidents a day, where they’re illegally passed by other vehicles, Schrieve said.
“It’s awful,” she said on Wednesday morning. “Unfortunately this time, we could not catch the license plate and are reaching out to the public to help ID the truck involved.”
Anyone with information such as the truck’s owner or license place should call 800-222-TIPS. The case is being investigated by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
“We had one very mad bus driver,” said North Thurston transportation director John Suessman. “Luckily no one was hurt or killed.”
To view a video of the truck passing the school bus, go here.