Police Identify School Bus Driver

Man killed in collision with cement truck was 45, lived in Locust Valley.

Police have identified a 45-year-old Locust Valley man as the school bus driver killed in a Monday in Locust Valley.

Jorge Guevara was pronounced deceased at the scene after a cement truck struck a Long Island Railroad overpass and collided with the bus he was driving in the opposite lane at 3:15 p.m., according to a statement from Nassau County police.

Five males aboard the bus were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. Among them were three 6-year-olds, a 9-year-old and one adult aged 64.

The driver of the cement truck, a 44-year-old male, was treated at an area hospital and released.

Resident Tom Hormosky said he arrived at the scene just after the crash and saw that driver exit the truck and attempt to aid the people on the bus.

"The driver was in a panic, but I believe he had already helped some of the kids, maybe six kids at one time, I wasn't sure, it might've been four, off the bus," Hormosky told a reporter at the scene.

"He helped kids, but he was hurt himself," he said.

The truck, a 2003 Oshkosh cement mixer reportedly owned by Nicolia Ready Mix, was travelling eastbound on Oyster Bay Road near Matinecock Court when it failed to clear the overpass. The mixing compartment was knocked from the truck as the vehicle collided with the bus in the westbound lane.

The bus was transporting the children from a day camp in the area.

An investigation into the accident is ongoing, police said.

Billy July 27, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Rest in peace, GEORGE GUEVARA


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