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WESTERLY — A 13-year-old girl was taken to Westerly Hospital as a precaution after a car rear-ended a school bus as it was waiting to turn from Route 1 onto Sandy Hill Road Tuesday morning.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the bus, a 2016 full-size school bus owned by town, was stopped at a traffic light on Route 1 North at 8 a.m. when a 2008 Volvo driven by Westerly resident Frank Decaro hit the back of the bus.

The collision caused minor damage to the bus, driven by Patricia Haggerty, 51, and moderate damage to the Volvo, and Lacey indicated that both could be driven from the scene.

There were seven students on the bus, Lacey said, and all of the students reported that they were not injured. Neither driver was injured. One of the students, a 13-year-old girl, had a previous unrelated injury and was taken by ambulance to Westerly Hospital where she was treated and released.

No criminal charges are expected, Lacey said.

— Jason Vallee

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