Elderly Man Crashes Car Into School Bus, Police Say

 

By Andrew Wroblewski

awroblewski@longislandergroup.com

Suffolk police and fire officials said a 91-year-old Wheatley Heights man crashed his car into a school bus in Dix Hills last Thursday. Photo courtesy of Dix Hills Fire Department

Suffolk police and fire officials said a 91-year-old Wheatley Heights man crashed his car into a school bus in Dix Hills last Thursday. Photo courtesy of Dix Hills Fire Department

Suffolk police said a 91-year-old Wheatley Heights man crashed his car into a school bus in Dix Hills last Thursday.

Police said the man, whose name was being withheld by police, was driving his 2002 Hyundai Accent northbound on Route 231 when he “failed to stop” at the intersection of Route 231 and Macniece Place at approximately 11:45 a.m. The Hyundai struck the rear of a school bus, which was from the Wyandanch School District and was stopped at the intersection.

The man was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was treated for a serious head injury and numerous broken bones, police said. Two students and the bus driver were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip where they were treated and released. Seventeen additional students that were on the bus, all high-school age, were not injured.

Police said the Hyundai was impounded for a safety check and the school bus was inspected by the Suffolk County Police Department Motor Carrier Safety Section and no infractions were issued.

The Dix Hills Fire Department also responded to the scene, fire officials said. Dix Hills Fire and Rescue personnel were on scene with three ambulances, an engine, heavy rescue truck, first responder and paramedic units under the command of Captain Tony deCesare.

Detectives ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.