Two people, including a woman who is nine months pregnant, were treated at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport after a rear-end crash on Route 48 in Peconic Monday, Southold Town police said.
A westbound red minivan had stopped for a school bus that was discharging passengers in the eastbound lane near Wesnofske’s North Fork Farm Stand just before 3 p.m. when it was rear-ended by a white Isuzu Rodeo SUV that failed to stop in time, Chief Martin Flatley said at the scene.
The SUV driver, who police said is pregnant, and a passenger in the minivan were transported to ELIH with non life-threating injuries.
Southold Fire Department and Cutchogue Fire Department volunteers responded to the accident, shutting down westbound traffic for a short time on Route 48, as well as northbound traffic on Ackerly Pond Road.
Chief Flatley said the accident serves as a reminder that “if a school bus is stopped, it’s the law to stop in both directions,” despite the presence of a median in the road.
He added that the sun also might have played a role in the accident.