Customer Critically Injured At East Hampton Lumberyard


An East Hampton man remained in critical condition at Stony Brook University Hospital on Tuesday after being crushed under several layers of Sheetrock on Friday at the Riverhead Building Supply warehouse at 1 Cove Hollow Road in East Hampton.

George J. Lombardi, 75, who was a customer at the lumberyard, was airlifted at 11 a.m. from East Hampton Airport to the Stony Brook trauma center to be treated for severe lower body injuries, according to East Hampton Police Chief Michael Sarlo.

East Hampton Fire Department Chief Richard Osterberg said heavy rescue volunteers freed Mr. Lombardi, who was pinned underneath a stack of Sheetrock that had fallen on him. He was transported to the airport by East Hampton Ambulance.

A worker at the lumberyard was turning away contractors following the accident on Friday as the business was closed for several hours. He said no one at the warehouse could comment on the incident. Detectives were at the scene investigating for much of the day. The yard reopened for business later that afternoon.

John Callahan, president of Riverhead Building Supply, said on Friday afternoon that his company was cooperating with East Hampton Town Police Department investigators to find out the cause of the accident. “We’re trying to monitor as best we can the condition of the individual,” he said of Mr. Lombardi.

Mr. Callahan said a Riverhead Building Supply employee accompanied Mr. Lombardi to the hospital.

“It was just a tragic, tragic thing. We wish the best to him and his family for a good recovery,” Mr. Callahan said.

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