Multiple ice-related car accidents occurred on Sunrise Highway near the Hampton Bays exit on Friday morning. Additionally, numerous individuals have slipped on the ice and have been transported to area hospitals by local ambulance companies and fire departments.
At least two cars ended up the woods off the westbound side of the highway and a third car went off the road near exit 65. Both entrances to westbound Sunrise Highway were closed as of 11:30 a.m.
New York State Troopers responded to both westbound accidents shortly after 11 a.m. and the drivers of both vehicles suffered injuries, according to a police spokesman, but the severity of each had not been determined. No fatalities were reported.
A white SUV also overturned on the southbound side of Speonk-Riverhead Road, near the Sunrise Highway overpass in Speonk, shortly before noon.
A woman, who was driving the vehicle, and her two children were transported to the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, possibly with minor injuries, by the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance, authorities said.
Eastport Fire Department officials said the vehicle slid on the ice and veered off the roadway. No other vehicles were involved in the crash and both lanes of the road remained open.
Southampton Town Police issued an emailed statement at about 11:30 a.m. advising drivers to be careful of icy conditions.
“There remains hazardous road conditions due to freezing rain throughout the Township,” the release stated. “Please stay off roadways unless absolutely necessary and use extreme caution in such cases.”