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Police seek driver who hit KRT bus, left scene

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Deputies are seeking the public's help locating a man who rear-ended a KRT bus near St. Albans and then abandoned his vehicle.

It happened early Wednesday on West Main Street near St. Albans. A gold Saturn sedan struck the bus from behind and then pulled onto the gravel along the road.

The driver, who was not identified, told the bus driver he was going to walk to a nearby relative's house and would return shortly, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said. The man never returned.

No injuries were reported in the early morning crash.

Surveillance video from the bus shows the man taking the license plate from the back of the vehicle and stowing it in the trunk. He then walks away with his dog.

Humphreys said investigators are having a hard time with the investigation because some of the vehicle's information points to an address that doesn't exist. Deputies took custody of the vehicle, which suffered heavy front-end damage.

Deputies released the video to the media in hopes someone would recognize the man.

Anyone with information can contact Deputy J.W. Eary at 304-357-0169 or can submit a tip through the agency's website at www.kanawhasheriff.us.

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