Passengers suffered minor bumps and bruises in the Central Islip collision
A driver allegedly high on drugs crashed his Jeep into a small school bus carrying disabled children on Long Island Wednesday morning, causing both vehicles to catch fire and leaving some of the passengers with minor injuries, officials said.
The Jeep’s driver, who crossed over the yellow line on Connetquot Avenue in Central Islip shortly after 8 a.m. and crashed into the bus, was arrested and charged with DWI, the Suffolk County police said.
Two children in wheelchairs were on the bus, along with two adult aides and the driver, according to authorities.
The children, who were both 4 years old, were not injured, according to a spokesman for AHRC, the organization dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities that had organized the bus trip for them.
The bus was on its way to a facility for the disabled in Bohemia, the spokesman said.
All of the passengers were taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, authorities said, though there were no serious injuries.
Witnesses said the bus driver, who did suffer an injury to one of her arms, was responsible for getting all of the passengers safely out of the bus.
The driver pulled the children out of the bus moments before it burst into flames, said Saverio Devivo, who lives in a house close to the crash site.
Other neighbors who said they came running with fire extinguishers to try to put it out the blaze but the flames were too intense