At roughly 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a collision occurred between an Stony Brook Volunteer Ambulance Corps ambulance and another vehicle on Nicolls Road, landing four individuals at Stony Brook University Hospital and paving the way for an open police investigation.
The accident, which took place at the intersection of South Road and Nicolls Road, prompted the arrival of University Police, members of the Suffolk County Police Department, SBU Fire Marshals and members of the local fire department.
A SBVAC vehicle, Assistant Chief of Police Eric Olsen said in an email, was en route to another accident on South Road and Marburger Drive when it was struck by a red Ford Mustang GT along the southbound lanes of Nicolls Road.
“Three occupants in the SBVC ambulance, all student EMTs, did not appear injured but were removed to the University Hospital as a precaution,” Olsen said. “The driver of the other vehicle, not a student, was removed to the University Hospital with serious injuries.”
At 5:38 p.m., an email was sent to the campus community by Chief of Police Robert J. Lenahan, noting “multiple traffic detours” on campus and attributing them to “a vehicle accident investigation.” In the email, students, faculty and staff were asked to avoid the area while the investigation remained underway. The email also stated that there was no danger posed to the campus community.
Around 6:45 p.m., the Mustang lay on the road – having undergone serious front end damage – including a smashed windshield, at least one broken side view mirror and mangled driver and passenger seat doors, both of which were wide open. The hood of the car was dented and the front right tire was no longer surrounded by the vehicle’s body. The ambulance had undergone damage to its sides as well, pieces of it strewn across the road, the lower part of its front right cab mutilated.
Due to the seriousness of the injuries, the accident is currently under investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department, Olsen said.
This story will be updated with more information as it is made available.