County Road 39 Reopens After 2-Vehicle Accident

Dump truck and second vehicle collide on County Road 39 Tuesday afternoon.

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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Rofia July 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The speed limit is 35 MPH. Does anyone obey? Of course not, why be smart and safe. We can blame cell phones texting the weather but not our speed.
Laura July 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM
The proposed King Kullen site is no where near the crash site
amy salle July 25, 2012 at 01:13 AM
There has got to be a better way and better route!!!! I just spent 3.5 hours in my car coming home from Wainsott! I live in Westhampton!! Although my heart goes out to the passenger in the white car, there has got to be a better way! I was on Sebonac for about two hours watching people go around the westbound traffic in the eastbound lane!!! Another accident was getting ready to happen!!!!!! Someone has got to make a better route out of town!! God help us all if there is an evacuation and we all need to get out of town!!!! It got pretty scary there for a while!!!!!!!!!! In the 15 years I have worked out east, I have NEVER seen anything like this!!!! Ever!!!!!!!!!
bchbum11968 July 25, 2012 at 03:13 AM
There were talks in the 70's to extend the expressway along the RR tracks further east. Unfortunately it was vehemently opposed. Have you ever seen the signs "Coastal Evacuation Route"?? It should read Eastern LI parking lot, no one will go anywhere folks!
G-men July 25, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Amy, exactly what would you like to do to create this better way? If you have a solution, by all means, share that wisdomw with all of us. There are 2 main roads that people can use to get on and off the South Fork. When the larger of those 2 roads shut down for hours as it was today, there will be chaos. There is no getting around it. There aren't enough police to be on every road at the same time, and there are idiot drivers anywhere. You live on an island. If an evacuation is needed, guess what? It's not going to happen! Too many people trying to go in the same direction at the same time will overwhelm every road on Long Island. Common sense should tell you that. !5 years, one really long commute....if you ask me, that's a pretty damn good percentage.
free wheeling July 25, 2012 at 03:27 AM
So, one of the comment-ators out there is NOT A FARMER. But a bonafided asshole for sure.
G-men July 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Brendan, I'm guessing the road was closed because the Police Departments were treating the accident as the scene of a fatality (a rumor at this point, yet to be confirmed), which causes the long delay. Is it possible that you could interview a member of the Police Department and have him explain what has to be done during this type of accident scene investigation and why it takes so long?
Ralebird July 25, 2012 at 03:51 AM
Stop speaking logically; they don't want to hear it.
Sarah Doherty July 25, 2012 at 04:26 AM
How about you all pray that one of your loved ones was not involved in this tragedy and save your bickering for a more appropriate venue?!?
John C July 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM
First a king Kullen would be the best thing to Happen and get rid of Waldbaums. Second If the town Police did their job and patrol and give tickets to all you complainers for doing 55 mph instead of the 35 mph there would be no accidents and traffic would move. So lets get the speed enforced first and watch things pick up.
Lisa Lamberty July 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I just like to say THANK YOU IDIOTS for blocking intersections during this accident!!! So others not heading toward accident spot cannot move and stand at light for 30 mins because you JUST HAD TO Move up and sneak in so you don't have to wait for the green light!! Its the drivers who dont follow the driving laws that cause accidents !!! Please build another store Walbaums is just the worst the parking lot,the selection,prices,crowds,the workers there some are nice but mostly rude!!
GOLD FINGER July 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM
There is a better way people.... Move off the over crowded island.
Hope and Change July 25, 2012 at 12:54 PM
dear "Mary Beth", Please, for the love of God, shut up!
Jake July 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Now add a Casino.
Shinnecock Hills July 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Exactly! The police never enforce the speed limit on Cty Rd 39. Rarely do they enforce the speed limit on Hill St too. I see many cars speeding down the road at 40 mph at least!
christie nicolle July 25, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Dear "Barack Hussein Obama", I never thought I'd be proud to hear you tell looney liberal Mary Beth to shut up! We thank you.
Mary Beth July 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Stay classy.
North Fork Bob July 25, 2012 at 02:58 PM
This is the venue
blue July 25, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Thoughts and prayers to those who were hurt and for their families. Having been in an accident myself, I know an inkling of the pain they face in the days head. For sure the speeds are no where near the 35mph posted limit. I've seen even police cars going faster than that with no lights/sirens or obvious emergency....just going with the flow of the traffic. I know CtyRd39 is an evacuation route and pretty much the main artery to getting out in dire emergency but thank goodness for options like boats and planes (support your local airports people), too. Can you imagine what it'd be like without options? On a good day the roads are just awful. Walbaums and that horrible parking lot needs to be raised and something descent put in its place....even a full time farmers market would be nice. It's the only reason I support a KK or anything other than Walbaums or having to drive to Bridgehampton or Hampton Bays.
Zippo July 25, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I heard that Country Road 39 will be closed again for another 4 hours later today. A hub cap fell off an old beater.
b. hardy July 25, 2012 at 07:19 PM
WE NEED A LIGHT AT HILL STATION ROAD! It would help slow traffic coming off Sunrise and give people trying to pull out of businesses from Hill Station to the college light a fighting chance. Anyone driving CR 39 is risking their life especially with the entitled citidiots pushing their way through the maze. Additionally, road construction on CR39 and Montauk Highway at the height of summer traffic season??? really??? Did the same guy that forgot to water the trees at the new sump think of that?
anon July 25, 2012 at 08:47 PM
If you're not born and raised in Westhampton and eastward, you do not belong in the Hamptons.
KMW July 26, 2012 at 02:01 AM
If anyone is interested in getting some changes on CR 39 including more lights (Hill Station Road or Greenfield Road) rumble strips at the end of Sunrise to slow traffic you can contact, through a letter the Chief Engineer of the Department of Public Works: William Hillman, DPW, 335 Yaphank Avenue, Yapank, NY 11980. My family lives off of Greenfield and I today contacted Suffolk County, and Southampton town in reference to the disaster of CR 39. I also contacted the Southampton town police about enforcing the 35 mph speed limit. If you feel as strongly as I do about preventing future tragedies, you can call 631-728-3400 to let the town know.
George Soros July 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Here is the solution G. Don't keep the road closed for 6+ hours because of a 2 car accident in with only 2 drivers, one of which walked away and the other didn't die. Open the median for 300 yards and accommodate the citizens who pay extraordinary taxes and deserve better service in return. Put an officer at 4 major intersections that I can think of, interrupt a local radio station for exclusive, real time transmission and ultimately weigh public safety with the need to collect data for the insurance companies. Its about much more than getting home from work.
Jaguar-Guy July 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
David Dag is right to fight that monsterous disaster shopping center there. Let's hope all are ok.
Jaguar-Guy July 26, 2012 at 12:55 PM
If they build it, the lawyers will come - believe me. This is a situation perfectly ripe for MANY lawsuits against the Town of Southampton (more of our tax dollars to town attorneys) for all the accidents that will occur at the proposed location. The crashes will mount and the statistics will prove that they were negligent and reckless in allowing the build - and be sued like mad !!!
MT/Sag Harbor July 26, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Thank you for the information. I will follow through with it...i wish the PDept. would monitor Millstone Road more often, Mack trucks speeding up and down to get to the sand pit...more deer on that road than you can imagine and no deer crossing signs...a mess indeed..i am afraid to stop by the mailbox to pick up my mail.
Algebra July 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Excellent post, KMW! Follow procedures, call those in position to effect the correct changes. So many people think crying in their diapers on this or other blogs is the answer. Rumble strips make sense, speed bump do not.
George Soros July 26, 2012 at 03:57 PM
How would the light have stopped the person in the white mercedes SUV who allegedly had a health episode that cause him to swerve into and get swiped by the oncoming rollover garbage truck?
JOHN WETJEN July 30, 2012 at 03:17 PM


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