A driver who fell asleep behind the wheel on Long Beach Road in Noyac on Monday morning, veering into the path of an oncoming flatbed truck, had to be airlifted to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Southampton Town Police said.
A passenger in the truck suffered minor injuries and also had to be hospitalized as a result of the head-on crash.
The tired motorist, identified by police only as male and the sole occupant of his car, was driving a Toyota Corolla north toward North Haven at about 8 a.m. when the collision occurred, said Sergeant Andrew Ficurilli.
The driver was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital, authorities said.
The flatbed, after being struck, traveled down an embankment and onto Long Beach, also known as Foster Memorial Beach. Of the truck’s three occupants—all of whom were identified by police only as male—one passenger was taken to Southampton Hospital by the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. The others were not injured.
Long Beach Road, which connects Noyac and North Haven, was closed until the scene was cleared at about 11:30 a.m.
Southampton Town bay constables and the Sag Harbor Fire Department also responded.
When reached on Wednesday morning for additional details, including the names of those involved and whether charges were filed, Town Police said the report was unavailable.