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Police: 5 hurt when school bus, SUV collide on Glen Cove Road in East Hills

Five people, two of them school children, were

Five people, two of them school children, were taken to the hospital Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, after a school minibus and a sport utility vehicle collided head-on on Glen Cove Road in East Hills, Nassau police said. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Five people, including two students, were injured early Thursday when a school minibus and a sport utility vehicle collided on Glen Cove Road in East Hills, Old Westbury police said.

The bus was transporting students to Rosemary Kennedy School in Wantagh, a school for special-needs students, when the accident happened shortly after 8:30 a.m. near Round Hill Road, according to Dell Transportation, the Port Washington-based owner and operator.

The bus driver, a driver assistant and two students on the bus were treated and released Thursday from Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola, the company said.

The SUV driver, Richard Atkin, 60, of Brookville, suffered multiple fractures to both legs, said Old Westbury Det. Michael Lynch. He was expected to be kept overnight at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Lynch said.

According to witness statements, Atkin was traveling north on Glen Cove Road and crossed over the center lane, colliding with the bus, which was traveling south, Lynch said. Atkin's vehicle veered into a tree on the southbound side of the road, Lynch said.

No charges were filed. Lynch said alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

Injuries to the adults on the bus and two students -- a 12-year-old boy and 19-year-old man -- included cuts, and the bus driver suffered broken ribs, according to police and Dell Transportation.

Police and Dell Transportation declined to release the bus driver's name.

The driver, a three-year Dell employee, has "an exemplary driving record with our company," according to the statement from company vice president Brendan Clifford.

Clifford said the company is dedicated to ensuring that "our children are safely and effectively transported to and from school on a daily basis."

Lynch said Atkins, the bus driver and students were wearing seat belts. It was not known if the driver assistant was wearing a seat belt, Lynch said.

Police briefly closed the southbound roadway at Harbor Hill Road. It was reopened at around 10:45 a.m., Nassau police said in a media advisory. With John Valenti

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