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Collision In Cambria Heights Draws Attention To Road Safety

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Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2000 12:00 am | Updated: 3:37 pm, Mon Jul 11, 2011.

A small school bus collided with a Honda Civic in Cambria Heights last Monday morning, resulting in minor injuries, according to police.

The crash occurred at 8 a.m. when the bus, carrying seven children from Carol’s Educare Child Center in Queens Village, was driving south on 223rd Street. The bus collided with the Civic, which was driving west on 115th Road. As a result of the crash, the bus flipped onto its side and landed in the middle of the street.

Several of the children were admitted to area hospitals, the police said. The driver of the Civic and two nine-year-old passengers, whose names have not been released, were sent to Long Island Jewish Hospital in New Hyde Park. The three were treated for minor injuries and released.

The driver of the bus and an aide were admitted to North Shore Hospital in Manhasset. The aide was treated and released.

Laura Green, a spokesperson for North Shore, said that the 50-year-old driver, whose name was not being released, was in stable condition as of press time.

“He has a broken arm, a broken collarbone and broken ribs,” Green noted.

A spokesperson from Carol’s Educare Child Center, said that her organization did not fully understand how the accident occurred.

“It was a terrible incident,” the woman said, who declined to give her name. “We are happy that there weren’t any serious injuries, and most of the kids are already back in school.”

Community organizers said that the accident strengthened their argument that the area’s transportation layout needs to be revised.

Jack Thompson, president of the Cambria Heights Civic Association, said that he was at the crash site on Monday and that his group would press the city’s Department of Transportation for a stop light at the intersection of 115th Road and 223rd Street.

“We are going to talk to everyone, the elected officials, the DOT, whomever, to get the job done,” Thompson said.

He added that there were only a handful of intersections where either a traffic light or a four-way stop was in effect in the areas leading to the Nassau County border.

The Cambria Heights Civic Association is also advocating for speed bumps to be placed in front of two local schools, Sacred Heart on 221st Street and PS 147 on 116th Avenue.

City Councilman and Deputy Speaker Archie Spigner, whose district includes the crash site, said that he was not certain if the community had notified his office that the intersection was an unsafe one.

“It might have been brought to the attention of my district office,” he said. “In any case, accidents like these where children are hurt is something we all regret.”

Spigner said that there were a number of problematic intersections in his district and that he was working with the DOT to have stop signs and traffic lights installed.

He added that he would press the DOT to create a stop light at the site of the bus crash.

As of press time, police were still investigating whether the school bus or the Civic had the right of way on 115th Road.

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