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Deputies Searching for Driver Involved in Bus Crash


ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- What appears to be an accidental crash quickly turned into a crime, and the driver is nowhere to be found.

“I just couldn't believe it. I kept asking -- he did what?” Doug Hartley, assistant general manager with KRT, said.

Hartley says had to watch the surveillance video for proof that it actually happened.

Wednesday morning in St. Albans, deputies say the driver of a car rear-ended a KRT bus.

There was nothing out of the ordinary about the accident – yet.

“He (the driver) came up to the window and asked who our driver was calling. He told him he was calling the dispatcher who would notify police,” Hartley said.

Then the video shows him rummaging through his car and taking off the license plate.

Then he approached the bus driver one more time.

“The guy had said he was going down the street to his mother's house to take his dog and he disappeared,” Hartley said. “Obviously he didn't want to be found or didn't want to stay around for the police.”

And he hasn't been seen since.

“We've never had a person hit a bus, leave their car and just walk away and disappear; very strange,” Hartley said.

Leaving behind his car and the question of who he his and what he had to hide.

There were no passengers on the bus and nobody was hurt. So what would have resulted in a traffic citation could now have the driver facing more charges including fleeing the scene of an accident.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office is investigating this case. If you have any information, give deputies a call at (304) 357-0169.


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