Police searching for silver car that struck Houston school bus carrying students

Police are looking for a silver car, possibly a Mazda 626 with the letters "A W V" in the license plate, that struck a Houston County school bus this afternoon, police said.

The bus driver, a monitor and six students from Parkwood and Bonaire elementary schools were not injured in the 4:15 p.m. accident, police andschool officials said.

The bus was traveling north on Camellia Circle when the southbound car came around a curve fast, with the car's driver losing control to avoid hittingthe bus head on, overcorrecting and then striking the rear of the bus, Warner Robins police Maj. John Wagner said.

The car backed up after hitting the school bus and was last seen heading west down Angela Avenue, he said.

Board of Education representatives came to the scene and students were checked out by a school nurse before the bus continued its route to take thechildren home, said Beth McLaughlin, director of school and community affairs.

Anyone who may have seen the hit-and-run vehicle is asked to contact Warner Robins police Traffic Officer Tim Pippio at (478) 929-1170.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 923-3109, extension 243.