Mercedes Slams Into Hampton Jitney at East Hampton Stop

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A car slammed into the back of a Hampton Jitney bus that was making a stop in front of the Huntting Inn on Main Street in East Hampton on Saturday around 12:30 a.m.

The East Hampton Fire Department’s heavy rescue squad used extrication tools on the mangled four-door Mercedes sedan. Chief Gerard Turza said firefighters removed a woman safely from the front passenger seat based on her injuries and the way the accident occurred. She was not necessarily trapped, he said. The White Knights, as the company is known, removed her in 10 to 15 minutes.

The 2015 Mercedes sustained substantial damage, as did the Jitney’s engine and mechanical compartment at the rear of the bus.

“The occupants of the car were very lucky,” Chief Turza said, adding that he did not know if there were passengers on the Jitney when the crash occurred, but no one from the bus was taken to the hospital.

The driver, Michael A. Mintzer, 73, of Manhattan and the passenger, Susan Mintzer, were taken by the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Mr. Mintzer told police he was not sure what had caused him to veer and strike the bus on the side of the road. The bus hit two wooden posts, damaging them. Its driver, Roberto L. Ramirez, was not hurt.

This article was updated with the version of this story that appeared in print on Nov. 15, 2018.