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Cops Investigating County Road 39 Crash

Two-vehicle accident and subsequent clean up and investigation closed the highway for six hours Tuesday.

Southampton Town police have impounded both vehicles that were involved in a collision Tuesday on County Road 39 — which resulted in a stretch of the four-lane highway being closed for six hours — as the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

Police said the crash, involving a 2012 Mercedes Benz and a 2004 Western Star truck, was reported at 1:56 p.m. on County Road 39 near the Inlet Road intersection. The collision caused substantial damage to both vehicles and debris and vehicle fluids were spread on all lanes of the highway, according to police.

The was called in to extricate the driver of the Mercedes Benz, who was then treated by and airlifted by Suffolk County police helicopter to Stony Brook University Medical Center, police said.

Police did not reveal the driver's condition.

The driver of the truck refused medical attention, according to police.

The New York State Police Forensic Unit and Motor Carrier Unit assisted in the investigation of the accident scene, and the Suffolk County Department of Public Works cleared the roadway, police said. The highway remained closed until the investigation was complete and County Road 39 was deemed safe.

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During the time the highway was closed between Hill Station Road and Exit 66, traffic was diverted around the accident. The other main artery in Southampton, Montauk Highway, was also backed up for hours. Many drivers had their batteries die or their cars run out of gas as they sat in traffic. Residents of the Hill Street area handed out food and water to motorists.

Many commuters stayed behind in Southampton Village for hours, waiting for traffic to clear up before heading home.

Carol Curreri July 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Need a s in the word because in the last sentence, please, before you post it.
Carol Curreri July 27, 2012 at 05:17 PM
No other comment at this time.
Art Lynch July 28, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I was leaving Hampton Bays going home to East Hampton when I got caught up in that mess. After what seem like an eternity (and seeing a number of eastbound vehicles cross the median to turn back west..gotta watch out for PD when you do that, folks..), I stayed in my lane and inched along to the North Road exit, where police detoured everyone to Montauk Hwy. (By the time I got onto that road, the workers on the construction site had just finished, but the traffic in both directions was still very slow; bumper to bumper. I guess I had an advantage of sorts; I'm retired and was fortunately not in a great hurry to get home (though, in retrospect, I regret not having my cellphone with me.) I decided on simple "patience", which is not always one of my strong points. It worked for me, though, and I listened to the folks at WLNG, who actually (seriously) advised drivers to head to the North Fork and take Rt. 114 across Shelter Island to get to East Hampton! IMHO, they were not mistaken! But I'm sorry for all the drivers who were "inconvenienced" by events. "Monday-morning quarterbacking" and/or second-guessing the emergency personnel (police, fire, ambulance, helicopter, etc.) is also not one of my talents. I have to admit that my decision to be "patient" worked for me. I'm just glad I wasn't one of the emergency workers at that MVA scene. To "A Voice": You think SCPD would have done better??? NOT! Bigger ain't necessarily better! ...not on THESE roads.
Art Lynch July 28, 2012 at 03:12 PM
To anyone who cares, I understand that the occupant of the car was seriously injured and was sent to Stony Brook. The truck's driver was injured less severely. The debris was scattered on all four lanes and on the median. As far as I know, all the injured survived, thank God.
Bill Hazelton August 02, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Oh puhlease. This non event was a fender bender whereby one guy walked away and the other guy was airlifted due to the standing regs whereby head injuries are airlifted to Stony Brook. Next time, perhaps the Keystones can keep the asphalt open and not act like extras on TJ Hooker.

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