A school bus carrying athletes was rear-ended Wednesday evening while stopped at a railroad crossing on County Road 39, according to authorities, with no injuries reported.
Det. Sgt. Herman Lamison said 19-year-old Brendan S. Manning, of East Hampton, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier when he struck the bus, which had its hazard warning lights activated.
School buses are required to stop at all train crossings — even when there are no signals that a train is coming.
The Chevy became stuck under the rear of the bus, according to Capt. Chris Brenner. “No one was trapped and all the kids were safely removed from the bus while the small vehicle was removed from the underneath of the bus,” he said. Traffic was diverted for about 45 minutes, he added.
Richard J. Burns, the interim superintendent of East Hampton School District, said the girls’ track team was returning to the high school. “All passengers were unharmed,” he said, adding that the bus headed back to East Hampton after getting the OK from Southampton officials.
There were 31 occupants on the bus, Lamison said.
This is the second reported accident on County Road 39 involving an East Hampton school bus since the start of 2012. In January, .