Hamilton County school bus involved in hit-and-run Wednesday morning

A new school bus, provided by First Student Inc., is seen at the Hamilton County Department of Education on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. First Student Inc. is providing the county with 185 new state-of-the-art buses which include GPS tracking systems, digital cameras, air conditioning and other features.

In less than 24 hours, a second Hamilton County school bus was involved in a minor accident Wednesday morning.

Bus 200 was transporting students to Battle Academy when a driver struck the bus from behind and left the scene, according to Hamilton County Schools.

The district posted on Twitter about the accident and said no students were injured.

In the post, the district reminded people to be cautious around school buses: "Please be careful on the roads near school buses. The big yellow buses have precious riders."

It is unclear at this time if law enforcement responded to the accident.

Wednesday's accident marks the sixth reported accident involving a school bus since students returned to class on Aug. 7.

On Tuesday, a bus transporting Soddy-Daisy students was hit by a passing truck and the week before, 13 students were transported to the hospital after a school bus crash in Harrison on Aug. 23.

Three other incidents have been reported, according to Tim Hensley, spokesman for the district, including a bus hitting a power pole on Signal Mountain on Aug. 16.

On Monday, district officials met with transportation vendor First Student Inc. to discuss the Aug. 23 accident.

Contact Meghan Mangrum at mmangrum@timesfreepress.com or 423-757- 6592. Follow her on Twitter @memangrum.