Four students taken to PBMC after bus rear-ended in Riverhead


A Riverhead School District bus was rear-ended on West Main Street Friday afternoon while dropping off students and four kids were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center as a precaution, Riverhead Town police said. 

Six people in total were transported to PBMC by Riverhead Ambulance volunteers, including the bus driver and a school bus attendant, police said. None of them appeared to have serious injuries.

The bus was stopped east of Ice Cream Snow Shoppe on West Main Street when the driver of a Custom Tree Mover vehicle hit the back of the bus, which appeared to sustain a minor dent. There were no other people on the bus, police said. The driver who hit the bus was not injured, police said.

Riverhead Superintendent Nancy Carney said the bus had its lights flashing when it was stopped. The students were from Riley Avenue Elementary School.

“I want to thank the ambulance volunteers, the police and the hospital staff for their professionalism and dedication,” Ms. Carney wrote in an email while visiting the students and staff at the hospital.

The accident occurred shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Photo Caption: The school bus sustained minor damage. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The vehicle that struck that bus Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)
The vehicle that struck that bus Friday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)