Bus Flips, No Kids Aboard

The driver of the empty school bus that turned over on Route 114 in East Hampton on Friday and the driver who sideswiped it both ended up in the hospital. Matt Agudo

An empty school bus flipped onto its side after a car sideswiped it on Route 114 in East Hampton last week. Both drivers were hospitalized with minor injuries; both vehicles were towed. 

According to police, James K. Miles of Riverhead, a bus driver for the East Hampton School District, was heading north when he saw a car in the opposite lane approaching at a high rate of speed at about 5:45 a.m. At the bend in 

the roadway, about 200 feet south of Stephen Hand’s Path, the 2008 Nissan sedan crossed over the double yellow line, entered the northbound lane, and sideswiped the 2017 Thomas bus. It landed on its passenger side. 

An 18-year-old, Ryan Michael Bahel of Wainscott, was behind the wheel of the Nissan, owned by Jeffrey C. Hand of Wainscott. 

According to the accident report, Mr. Bahel’s unsafe speed and failure to keep right were the apparent contributing factors in the crash.