Montauk Highway Reopens Following Friday Afternoon Crash In Hampton Bays

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UPDATE: Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Montauk Highway has reopened in both directions in Hampton Bays, according to police.

It is unclear how long the road was closed as a result of the accident, though it was at least an hour while PSEG crews worked to secure fallen power lines.

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One person was taken to Southampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a work van rolled over on Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays on Friday afternoon, shutting down the road in both directions.

Southampton Town Police could not say how long the road would be closed as they waited for PSEG crews to arrive at the scene, where a utility pole was snapped at its base and wires were sparking in the roadway.

The accident, which was called in at 12:39 p.m., took place outside Centro Trattoria and Bar on Montauk Highway. A van traveling eastbound veered off the road and struck the pole before flipping over, witnesses said.

The Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance transported the driver to Southampton Hospital. The nature of the driver’s injuries was not immediately known. The road was closed in both directions from North Jones Road to Bess Lane.

The Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Southampton Town Police, State Troopers, and the Hampton Bays and East Quogue fire departments all responded to the scene.

“He must have been going pretty fast to flip over,” Chateau Butler, a Coram resident inside the nearby restaurant, said at the scene after describing hearing a snapping sound as the truck hit the utility pole.

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