A bus carrying 12 children between the ages of 9 and 14 collided with a van at the intersection of East Pine Street and Long Beach Boulevard Wednesday morning, sending one child to the hospital, according to Lt. Eric Cregeen of the Long Beach Police Department.
The Long Beach Fire Department reported no serious injuries to the passengers who were heading to camp when the collision occurred. The one injured child was sent to South Nassau Communities Hospital to be treated for an ankle injury, Cregeen said.
The Fire Department responded to the scene with an ambulance, fire truck and heavy rescue truck, while Island Park and Point Lookout – Lido Fire Departments both responded with one ambulance each, Cregeen said.
The independently owned coach bus was traveling northbound in the left lane on Long Beach Boulevard before the stoplight at the East Pine Street intersection, as the southbound van attempted to make a left turn when the collision occurred. Cregeen added that all parents of the children were notified at the scene, and the remaining kids were transferred to another bus and taken to camp.