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Ask a Trooper: The difference between meeting and following a school bus at a railroad crossing

The difference between meeting and following a school bus at a railroad crossing

by Sgt. Jesse Grabow of the Minnesota State Patrol

Q: Referencing one of your last articles on “passing a school bus that is stopped at a railroad crossing,” they said they MET a bus at the crossing. They did not come up behind it. If you MEET a school bus and it does not have the arm out or lights flashing you would be able to continue on your way just as this person said they did. I agree if you come up behind it at a crossing you cannot pass but that was not the case here.

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