Eight people were injured Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash involving a pickup truck and a Suffolk County Transit bus in Medford.
A Ford pickup and a Nissan were traveling north on Station Road when the accident occurred at about 11:35 a.m., near Sills Road, Suffolk police told Newsday. Police are still trying to piece together exactly what happened because one driver said he was cut-off, while the other driver told people he was clipped. “It’s hard to say because there were no independent witnesses,” Fifth Precinct Det. Sgt. Al Feinstein explained.
The pickup truck careened into the wrong side of traffic and collided with the 7B Patchogue-Bellport bus, which was carrying 11 passengers. One of the passengers in the pickup suffered serious chest trauma and had to be airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. Five passengers, including four children ages 3 to 12, and the bus and truck drivers were transported by ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center with minor threatening injuries and were later released. The driver of the Nissan was not injured, Newsday reported.
Three teenagers from Patchogue were involved in a two-car crash in Medford on February 11 that left two of them in critical condition. Kaynen Peters, 17, was exiting a driveway at 955 North Ocean Avenue when his 1999 Nissan Sentra was struck by a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer driven by Luis Sanchez, 57, just after 11 p.m.
Peters and two of his female passengers, along with Sanchez, were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center. Peters and one of his passengers are listed in critical condition with internal injuries. The other passenger in Peters’ vehicle was treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to Patchogue Patch.