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Cops: Suffolk police car collides with school minibus in Shirley

Police said the patrol car was “en route, with lights and siren activated, to answer a call of two suspicious males in the area” when the crash happened.

A Suffolk County police car and a school

A Suffolk County police car and a school minibus collided at the intersection of McGraw Street and William Floyd Parkway in Shirley on Friday morning, Dec. 15, 2017. Photo Credit: LIHotShots / T.J. Lambui

A Suffolk County police patrol car responding to a call Friday morning collided with a school minibus at an intersection on William Floyd Parkway in Shirley, but no one was seriously injured, officials said.

Police said the one student who was aboard the bus was not injured.

The two adults aboard the bus were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue for evaluation, while police said the officer was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A representative of the bus company said the driver, the monitor and the student, traveling on a William Floyd School District route, all had been released from the hospital.

“We are so grateful as a company that no one was seriously injured on both sides,” the official said by email.

Noting the bus company’s photograph of the two vehicles showed extensive damage to the front of the police car, the bus official added: “I am so happy the police officer is OK; we were all so concerned about him.”

The crash on William Floyd Parkway at McGraw Street was reported in a 911 call at 7:40 a.m., police said.

Police said the patrol car was southbound on the William Floyd “en route, with lights and siren activated, to answer a call of two suspicious males in the area” when the minibus, which was eastbound on McGraw, attempted to make a left turn onto the parkway — colliding with the police cruiser.

How fast the police car was traveling, whether it had a green light, and other questions are still being investigated, the police said.

“The bus was almost through the intersection,” the bus company representative said. A photograph of the bus and the police car shows the damage to the bus was between the rear wheel well and the back of the bus.

Police said the intersection was closed for more than 1 1⁄2 hours. Additional details were not immediately available.

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