UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: The accident on County Road 39 earlier this morning near the Lobster Inn was in fact a head-on-collision between an SUV and a sedan, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Todd Spencer, who added that while he hasn’t had an update on the status of any of the four involved, he doesn’t believe there were any serious injuries. A possible broken leg was the worst of the damage, he said.
“As of now, we believe at least one of the drivers fell asleep,” Sgt. Spencer said, before noting that no official report has been filed yet. He also declined to identify which vehicle failed to maintain their lane, and how many occupants were in each vehicle, but said an official report could be available as early as tomorrow morning.
ORIGINAL STORY: A two-vehicle crash early Friday injured four, one seriously, and closed County Road 39 for a time.
The crash occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m., according to Chris Brenner of the Southampton Fire Department, just west of the intersection with Hill Station Road. An SUV and a small sedan collided, and the drivers of both vehicles had to be extricated from their vehicles.
A Suffolk County Medevac helicopter was called for the driver of the sedan. Three other occupants of the two vehicles were taken to Southampton Hospital by Southampton Town and Southampton Village ambulance crews with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The westbound lanes of County Road 39 were closed between Hill Station Road and North Road; one eastbound lane was kept open. Crews were on scene for two and a half hours, and all lanes reopened by 8:15 a.m.
While fire crews were at the scene, a tractor-trailer eastbound on Sunrise Highway had a mechanical issue, causing a tire to blow out, igniting the truck’s brakes. An additional fire department crew responded to the scene to extinguish the smoldering brakes.