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Sleeping boy, 6, killed when bus crashes into home

A 6-year-old boy was killed when a bus crashed into his Hempstead, N.Y., home Tuesday evening.

A bus driver trying to avoid hitting a pedestrian slammed into a multi-family house on Long Island, N.Y., killing a 6-year-old boy inside and injuring his older brother, Nassau County police said.

The incident was one of two fatal accidents on the island involving public buses on Tuesday evening.

The 6-year-old boy was killed when the bus, part of the Nassau Inter County Express (NICE) system, crashed into the house in Hempstead around 9:30 p.m., police said. The boy and his 7-year-old brother were in the front bedroom of the house when the bus hit the pedestrian before plowing into the house, police said.


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Police said 11 passengers suffered minor injuries. About 20 people were on the bus.

The boy was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His brother suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The pedestrian who was struck was taken to the hospital. Police described his injuries as non-life threatening.

The identities of the children were not immediately released.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicated no apparent criminality. The investigation was continuing.

A spokesperson for NICE said the company "is cooperating with police officials, and has its own team investigating the incident."

Earlier Tuesday evening, a 35-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a transit bus in Coram. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene around 5 p.m. There were no other injuries.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.