Update: 9 injured as school bus on trip from the Bronx collides with pick-up truck

08/07/2013 12:02 PM |

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | A school bus headed toward the Long Island Aquarium rear-ended a pick-up truck Wednesday morning. Six people, including three children, were injured, though not seriously.

Nine people, including four children, were injured when a school bus rear-ended a pick-up truck on West Main Street Wednesday morning, Riverhead police said.

A 1999 GMC Sierra was driving east when the car in front of it made a left turn about 11:20 a.m. near Raynor Avenue, police said. The truck stopped, but the school bus behind it kept driving and collided with the back of the truck, police at the scene said.

Riverhead police and ambulance teams rushed to the scene, where the driver of the truck — identified by police as Gilberto Tascon, 59, of Hampton Bays — four chaperones and four children on the bus were injured, though not seriously. The injured children were between between 6 and 12 years old.

The victims were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of “minor injuries,” police said.

The bus was transporting 32 kids and nine adults from a Bronx YMCA to the Long Island Aquarium.

Police and ambulance volunteers are currently evaluating the other children and adults on the bus to check for more injuries. Riverhead Ambulance chief Joey Oliver said the children have to be medically cleared, but there were no serious injuries.

The Wading River, Mattituck, and Mastic Fire Departments, as well as the Manorville Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded to the scene.

Police inspected the bus, but issued no summons to either driver, according to a police statement.

psquire@timesreview.com