A Baiting Hollow bus accident resulted in one death and eight injuries. A collision on Sound Avenue between a tractor-trailer and a school bus for special-needs children was the cause of the tragedy.
A police chief told NY Criminal Lawyers the bus was from the Maryhaven Center of Hope in Port Jefferson and the tractor trailer was carrying sand. According to him, they sideswiped each other, their control hampered by the hilly, twisting two-lane road.
The Maryhaven Center of Hope has a program for people with special needs. According to one of their dispatchers, six students and two staff members were on the bus.
A spokeswoman for Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead informed New York Criminal Lawyers that it was an adult that was killed in the accident.
Five other victims, including the one who died, were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center, according to the spokeswoman. The ages and condition of the other injured passengers has yet to be revealed.
A police lieutenant in Riverhead told reporters the fatality occurred on the minibus.
A spokeswoman for John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson said that there were four adult victims of the accident brought to her facility for treatment. According to her, all the injuries were not life-threatening and it was likely that the patients would all be released very soon. Police in New York City and Queens are studying this case.
One of the victims was transported by a Suffolk police helicopter. The stretch of road where the accident occurred was closed by Riverhead Police only minutes after the crash.
A witness who works in a nearby nursery told police that it wasn’t at all uncommon for vehicles to travel down the rural road at high speed. There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol so, DWI and DUI were not charged.
“You have to take your time and go slow,” she said.
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