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Peekskill Police Investigating School Bus Accident

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — A school bus carrying 57 elementary school children to Hillcrest Elementary School was involved in an incident Tuesday morning on the Bear Mountain Parkway.

Police said the accident occurred near North Division Street at approximately 9 a.m. when a vehicle getting on the parkway cut off the bus, causing the bus driver to brake hard to avoid a collision. The students on board complained of neck and/or back injuries and were being evaluated by Peekskill Paramedics at the Hillcrest School.

"Nine kids went to the hospital and all of them have been returned home," Peekskill City Schools district Clerk Debra McLeod on Tuesday afternoon.

McCloud said she was unable to verify what injuries, if any, were suffered by the students.

Ambulances from surrounding communities including Croton, Garrison, Cortlandt, and Yorktown also responede to the accident scene, according to police.

"The Peekskill Police Surgeon, Dr. John McGurty, also assisted at the scene as did the Peekskill Office of Emergency Management," said Peekskill Police spokesman Lt. Eric Johansen in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. "The operator of the vehicle that cut off the bus, described as a white sedan, has not been located."

Peekskill Police are continuing their investigation and are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact them at (914)737-8000.

The driver of the other vehicle has not yet been identified. Peekskill Police are currently investigating the incident.

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