UDPATE 7:45 p.m. - County Road 39 is being reopened to traffic.
UPDATE - County Road 39 is still closed as of 7 p.m. between Hill Station Road and Exit 66. Eastbound traffic is being detoured around the accident then getting back on Sunrise Highway.
County Road 39 in Southampton is currently closed in both directions between Hill Station Road and Exit 66 after an accident near the Lobster Grille Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic is being diverted to Montauk Highway, which is also backed up.
Area resident Steve Cohen said that he could hear sirens for more than 20 minutes, and when we went outside to investigate he saw that a red dump truck and a white vehicle — either a station wagon or SUV — had a bad accident and the highway was closed.
“The front left wheel of the dump truck was mangled, so it looked like it was a sideswipe, or the vehicle went into the dump truck,” Cohen said.
spokesman Capt. Chris Brenner said that firefighters used heavy rescue tools to extricate a victim from the white vehicle, who was then taken to an awaiting ambulance and eventually airlifted.
The medevac helecopter landed right on County Road 39, Brenner said.
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