By Michael Wright
and Colleen Reynolds
A locust tree fell on two passing cars in Sag Harbor on Saturday afternoon, injuring one man and trapping a woman in a car on Main Street in the village.
The tree fell without warning shortly after 3 p.m. from the edge of a property across from Otter Pond, taking out power lines and landing directly on two cars moving along the nearby street—one in the northbound lane and the other in the southbound lane.
The driver of a 2004 four-door Cadillac, James Thomas, 59, of Bridgehampton, suffered what witnesses described as visible injuries to his upper body, but he was able to get out of his car. Sag Harbor Village Police said he complained of chest and minor neck pain and was transported by Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital.
“He was getting out, and I yelled to him to be careful, because there were power lines everywhere,” said Edward Hoyt, a Sag Harbor resident who saw the tree fall. “It landed right on the roof of the white car. The lady looked like she was okay, but she was trapped because the branches and the power lines were lying right on top of it.”
Police said the woman, Maureen Fraser, 54, of Lynbrook, was eventually able to exit her vehicle, a 2010 four-door Toyota sedan, on her own, and did not need medical attention.
A Long Island Power Authority truck that was nearby also responded to the scene to address the downed power lines. The Sag Harbor Highway Department removed the tree, which stretched across both lanes of traffic. Police said they could not speculate about what may have caused it to fall.
The road was closed for about an hour while crews cleared the scene.