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Police: BMW passed school bus on way to fatal crash

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The school bus involved in a crash along Williamston Road in Anderson. (Mar. 6, 2013/FOX Carolina) The school bus involved in a crash along Williamston Road in Anderson. (Mar. 6, 2013/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson police said they found the driver of a car involved in what they initially thought was a hit-and-run crash involving a school bus on Wednesday.

Lt. Tony Tilley with the Anderson Police Department said the wreck happened along Williamston Road near Nalley Drive before noon on Wednesday.

Tilley said initial reports indicated a reckless driver struck the school bus.

However, on Thursday, Tilley said it was determined that the car did not hit the bus but instead passed the bus making the driver think the bus had been sideswiped. He said the bus driver hit the brakes and swerved to avoid the car.

Tilley said the BMW's driver was charged with passing unlawfully.

Paramedics were called to scene. Sgt. David Creamer with Anderson police said some students were taken to the hospital as a precaution and some may have hit their heads, but the injuries did not appear life-threatening.

Tilley said it was a District 5 school bus transporting dozens of students from Nevitt Forest Elementary, which had a half day.

Nine-year-old Kwame Williford was one of the students on the bus. He was left shaken and had a small cut on his lip. He told FOX Carolina he saw a dark car hit the bus while he was riding home from school.

"Almost everyone was shaking," Williford said. "I had hit my head on the seat."

Police said they located the dark blue BMW and determined that the driver passed the bus because he was headed to the scene of another crash on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard that his girlfriend was involved in.

Police said a 91-year-old woman was killed in that crash and her husband was seriously injured.

Minutes after the bus crash, Tilley said an officer responding to the scene was involved in a another crash on East River Street.

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