New details emerged Monday about a Friday afternoon collision involving a semi tractor trailer and Stewartville school bus.
Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Behrns said the truck driver, Bahan Rostomyan, 45, of Burbank, Calif., faces a potential gross misdemeanor charge for failing to stop, along with possible misdemeanor charges of careless and reckless driving.
Rostomyan was reportedly driving west on County Road 6 Southwest in High Forest Township and didn’t see the bus stopped in the 7300 block to let students off. A pickup driven by Jeffrey Hyke, 37, of Racine, also was stopped behind the bus.
The semi reportedly struck the pickup and sent it into the nearby ditch, where it landed on its side.
The semi swerved to avoid the bus, but made contact with the bus, which was carrying eight students. The semi jackknifed in the road, but the bus didn’t move.
Bryan Runkle, 47, of Rochester was driving the bus.
Behrns said the only injury in the incident was to Rostomyan, who received a cut on an ear.
“It was a close call here,” Behrns said, adding that final details from a Minnesota State Patrol report have not been received.