By Danny Schrafel
Three Dec. 11 crashes in Greenlawn, two of which resulted in multiple injuries, are being blamed on icy roads, first responders said.
Suffolk County Police said the first occurred at 6:42 a.m. on Pulaski Road and sent a Second Precinct cop to Huntington Hospital.
The later incident resulted in multiple injuries – including injuries that left one civilian woman critically hurt, according to a spokesman.
A police spokesman said the officer – who was not identified – involved in the first crash was driving to a separate incident on Pulaski Road, west of Park Avenue, in Huntington when he “lost control” on an icy road and his vehicle was struck by a four-door Cadillac between Frazer Drive and Butterfield Drive.
The officer and the driver of the Cadillac – a 36-year-old Huntington Station man, who was also not identified – were taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
In the second incident, about two hours later Thursday morning, a woman was critically injured after her car slid on ice and was hit by a school bus in an intersection, police said.
Authorities said Marie Pierre-Paul, 38, of Queens, was driving a 2009 Nissan Altima eastbound on Delamere Street at approximately 8:35 a.m. when she tried to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with Broadway-Greenlawn. Pierre-Paul’s vehicle skidded into the intersection due to ice on the road, police say, and was hit by a 2002 Chevrolet school bus traveling northbound on Broadway-Greenlawn en route to the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) on Little Plains Road in Huntington.
Pierre-Paul was rushed to Huntington Hospital in critical condition. Police also said two male students, ages 11 and 14, were on the bus – both were taken to Huntington Hospital as a precaution.
The bus driver, 49, suffered minor injuries; the bus matron, 39, was treated for a broken leg at Huntington Hospital.
No injuries were reported in a third crash, also involving a school bus, near the intersection of Manor Road and Timber Ridge Drive, said Greenlawn FD Chief Michael Zeis.
Last night’s snowfall set the stage for a treacherous morning commute, the chief said.
“All the roads were a sheet of ice,” he said.