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Long Island school bus driver crashes into house, charged with DWI

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A mini school bus leaving a Catholic elementary school crashed into a house in Syosset, Long Island in New York on Wednesday.

A school bus driver, who authorities said passed out behind the wheel and crashed into a house on Long Island, N.Y. while children were aboard, has been arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to police.

Frederick Flowers, 66, was leaving a Catholic elementary school Wednesday afternoon when he had what fire officials initially referred to as a "medical emergency of some kind," and veered into the house on Teibrook Avenue on Long Island at about 3:15 p.m. ET, authorities said.

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The five children on the bus ranged in age from 5 to 8, but none were injured, police said. They attend St. Edward the Confessor School in Syosset, N.Y.

Flowers was airlifted to Nassau University Medical Center. His condition was not released.

The Massapequa Park, N.Y., man was later arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law, five counts of endangering the welfare of a child, five counts of reckless endangerment and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

He will be arraigned as soon as it is practical, police said. Information on an attorney wasn't available.

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Homeowner Christina Percell was devastated to find her house of 15 years destroyed when she returned from the bank with her daughter.

"We got out of the car, and we see that there's a school bus in the garage," she told NBCNewYork.com. "Totally, totally shocked."

Two small dogs were inside the house at the time, but they were OK.

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