Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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School bus accident in Stafford

State police have arrested a driver believed to have rear-ended a Stafford County school bus this morning and fled the scene.

A sheriff’s deputy responded to the fender-bender, sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said. A state trooper found  the suspect  behind a building at the corner of Butler and Chatham Heights Road.

Megan Eileen Smith, 24, of Woodbridge was arrested for driving under the influence, State Police Sgt. F.L. Tyler said.  

The accident occurred at 7:53 a.m. on Courthouse Road by a McDonald’s near an Interstate 95 exit, Kennedy said.

The bus, headed to Rodney Thompson Middle School, was carrying 45 students, school spokeswoman Valerie Cottongim said.  One student was transported to Stafford Hospital with head pain after hitting his head on a window but was back home and “doing fine” as of this afternoon, Cottongim said.

Students were taken to school after the accident in the same bus.  Cottongim said it sustained “minimal damage.”

Two students went home with their parents after arriving to school, she said. Medics and a school nurse checked out all  of the middle-schoolers.