Early Monday Crash Closes County Road 39 Once Again


UPDATE: 11:30 a.m.

Southampton Town Police have released the names of the drivers of the Hampton Jitney bus and the garbage truck that collided Monday morning on County Road 39 in Southampton.

Ezio Vessella, the 45-year-old driver of the garbage truck, was taken by Medevac to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for what authorities called non-life-threatening injuries.

The bus driver, Quincy Laffiter, 53, of Centeral Islip, was taken to Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was the only person on the bus at the time of the accident.

Previous reports that the garbage truck involved belonged to Winters Brothers Waste Services were incorrect as the vehicle belongs to the Bay Shore-based National Waste Service.

The garbage truck, which was heading westbound on County Road 39, hit the bus at 4:37 a.m. as it was pulling out of the Hampton Jitney parking lot near the David Whites Lane intersection to head east, Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said.

No criminal charges were expected to be filed, Sgt. Costa said.

The road was officially reopened at 9:11 a.m. Other responding agencies included the Suffolk County Police Motor Carrier Unit, the Southampton Village Police and the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, among others.

UPDATE: 9:38 a.m.

All traffic lanes are open on County Road 39 following a non-lethal motor vehicle accident near the intersection with David Whites Lane this morning.

UPDATE: 9:30 a.m.

An emergency worker on the scene identified the dump truck involved in a non-lethal crash with a Hampton Jitney bus Monday morning on County Road 39 as a Winters Brothers garbage truck. The worker also said there appeared to be no passengers on the bus at the time of the crash.

According to the worker, the accident occurred near the Hampton Jitney office near the intersection of the highway and David Whites Lane. The metal forks used to hoist dumpsters penetrated the side of the bus, the worker said.

Representatives of Progressive Waste Solutions, formerly Winters Brothers, were not immediately available for comment.


For the second time in less than a week, an accident involving a Hampton Jitney bus closed part of County Road 39 early Monday morning.

This time, the crash occurred at 4:37 a.m. at the intersection with David Whites Lane when a dump truck crashed into a Jitney, Town Police said. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash; one was taken to Southampton Hospital for treatment, and the other was flown by Medevac helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital.

That section of County Road 39 remains closed to all traffic as of 8:30 a.m. while the crash is investigated. The road is expected to reopen soon.

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