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Bus Accident Kills 1, Injures 8 in Port Jefferson


An accident in Baiting Hollow ended in the death of one and injured eight others. It occurred on Sound Avenue when a tractor-trailer collided with a school bus for special-needs children. So far, it seems that the fatality and most, if not all, of those injured, were adults.

According to a police chief in the area, the bus was the property of Maryhaven Center of Hope in Poor Jefferson. The tractor trailer was carrying a load of sand. According to New York Injury Lawyers, the street is both hilly and curved, which made it easy for the bus and tractor trailer to lose control when they sideswiped each other.

A dispatcher for the Maryhaven Center of Hope told New York Injury Lawyers they are a program for children with special needs. At the time for the accident, there were six students and two staff members on the bus.

According to a spokeswoman for Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead the one fatality was an adult.

There were a total of five victims, including the one that died, taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center, the spokeswoman told New York City Injury Lawyers. The ages and condition of the remaining injured passengers is unknown at this time.

A Riverhead police lieutenant indicated that the person who died was on the school bus.

The other injured persons were taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson. A spokeswoman for the facility said there were four victims brought there, all of them adults. She also stated none of them were in danger of dying of their injuries and the patients would likely be released very soon. These accidents are common on the Long Island Expressway in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

One victim was sufficiently injured as to be taken to a medical facility by a Suffolk police helicopter.

Riverhead Police closed the road after the crash.

A nursery worker who knows the area said that speeding was very common on that rural road where the accident occurred.

“You have to take your time and go slow,” she said.

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