A Suffolk County Transit bus after a crash on Griffing Avenue in Riverhead this afternoon. Photo: Anthony Meras

A Suffolk County Transit bus collided with another vehicle on Griffing Avenue this afternoon, snapped a utility pole and crashed into a brick office building on the corner of Griffing Avenue and Court Street, injuring six people.

The bus driver and four passengers on the bus sustained minor injuries in the crash, Riverhead Ambulance Corps Chief James Alfano said. The driver of the other involved vehicle also had minor injuries. Both drivers and three passengers were transported to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment, Alfano said.

The crash occurred shortly after 3 p.m. It knocked out power in the immediate area and closed portions of Griffing Avenue and Court Street to traffic. Eight customers remain without power, with an estimated restoration time of 2 a.m., according to PSEG.

Star Confectionary proprietor Anthony Meras was in his vehicle at the light at the intersection of Roanoke and Railroad avenues when he saw what he described as the flash of an explosion over on Griffing Avenue. He turned west on Railroad Avenue to see what happened and snapped a photo of the bus on the sidewalk, with the front of the bus into the corner of the building and the utility pole resting on its roof.

The bus, a Suffolk Transit Route 62 bus provides service between Patchogue and Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

Riverhead Police, Riverhead Fire Department, Riverhead Fire Marshal’s Office, Riverhead Ambulance and several other ambulance agencies responded to the scene, police said.

The accident is still under investigation, Riverhead Police said. Police ask anyone that might have witnessed the accident should contact the Riverhead Police Department at 631-727-4500. All cals will remain confidential, police said.

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