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Houston school bus struck in hit-and-run wreck

Authorities were looking Thursday for a silver car, possibly a Mazda 626 with the letters “AWV” in the license plate, that struck a Houston County school bus, Warner Robins 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 Thursday, police and school 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 hitting the 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. The accident occurred in the 100 block of Camellia Circle.

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 the children 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.