2 Injured in Monday Accident on Montauk Highway

Two-vehicle accident tied up traffic in Shinnecock Hills during evening commute.

Two drivers were taken to Southampton Hospital Monday with minor injuries after colliding on Montauk Highway at the St. Andrews Road intersection.

The accident caused the road to be closed in both directions, with traffic being directed to County Road 39. The detour added to congestion for evening commuters.

The crash was reported at 4:43 p.m., and Montauk Highway was closed in both directions from Tuckahoe Lane west. The road reopened at 5:31 p.m.

Sgt. John Boden said Tuesday that Christian Ortiz, of Hampton Bays, was driving a 2004 Jeep westbound on Montauk Highway when James Brown, of Southampton, was driving southeast in a 1999 Ford on St. Andrews Road. Brown turned onto Montauk Highway in front of Ortiz's Jeep, Boden said.

Both men, the sole occupants of their vehicles, were transported by Southampton Volunteer Ambulance to the hospital, and no charges were filed against either driver, Boden said.

GOLD FINGER January 16, 2013 at 04:10 PM
That is a bad turn there and what they should do is not allow you to make a right hand turn on red there. The corner is shrouded with bushes there and cars are moving at least 60 miles an hour through that intersection. I think if cars couldn't turn there until the light turns green you might prevent more accidents and removing some of the hedges/brush also would help so drivers can see more of the traffic coming at them.
Jaguar-Guy January 16, 2013 at 06:43 PM
"shrouded" - what a great word.
tombanjo68 January 16, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Very nasty turn in either direction off Tuckahoe. In summer you can be waiting for five minutes.
Alfred Callahan January 21, 2013 at 08:50 AM
There is no light at that intersection.... it was at St. Andrews Rd and Montauk


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