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School bus with 19 students, oil truck collide in Bay Shore, cops say

Emergency personnel respond to a crash at Saxon

Emergency personnel respond to a crash at Saxon Avenue and the eastbound service road of Sunrise Highway in Bay Shore on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Paul Mazza

A school bus with 19 Islip High School students and an oil truck carrying 1,000 gallons of fuel collided in Bay Shore Thursday afternoon, but no one was seriously injured, fire and police officials said.

Twelve students were taken to three hospitals to be treated for minor injuries or to be evaluated as a precaution, while the others, including both drivers in the crash, were treated at the scene, said Second Assistant Chief Thomas Butler of the Islip Fire Department.

The bus was going north on Saxon Avenue and the truck was heading east on the Sunrise Highway eastbound service road when they crashed just before 3:15 p.m., Suffolk police said. The eastbound service road was closed for at least 90 minutes, authorities said.

A volunteer from the county's list of doctors on call was dispatched, along with Islip and Islip Terrace fire departments, the Bay Shore-Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance and Exchange Ambulance of the Islips, Butler said. Students' parents and high school administrators joined them at the scene, he said.

The bus passengers, most of them ages 13 to 17, were taken to the parking lot of a nearby Chili's restaurant to be evaluated, the Islip fire official said.

"They seemed to handle it pretty well," Butler said.

The assistant fire chief said the intersection has been the scene of many accidents because it's busy, filled with traffic lights to watch, from ones permitting left turns only to those going under the highway overpass.

Butler said no fuel spilled from the oil truck.

No crime appears to have been involved in the crash, police said, but the investigation continues.

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