A four-car pile-up on County Road 39 in Tuckahoe closed traffic on the busy road for an hour on Friday afternoon.
Southampton Town Police Detective Sergeant Lisa Costa said there were technically two accidents, with one causing the other.
At approximately 4 p.m. Travis Banghell, 19, of Flanders, who was traveling eastbound near Hills Station Road, attempted to stop after realizing the driver in front of him had slammed on the brakes. Mr. Banghell lost control of his 2005 Chevrolet SUV, and it skidded sideways and into the westbound lane, where it was struck by an oncoming 2002 Toyota driven by Devera Schulman, 67, of Smithtown, Det. Sgt. Costa said.
Both cars ended up in the westbound lane and, as a result, two other westbound vehicles crashed into each other while their drivers tried to avoid the accident, Det. Sgt. Costa said.
Rosalia Porco, 45, of Water Mill swerved her 2014 Mercedes-Benz trying to avoid the accident but ended up hitting Herman Ward Jr.’s 2009 Nissan. Mr. Ward is a 53-year-old Southampton resident.
Two of the drivers were taken to the hospital by Southampton and Hampton Bays ambulance volunteers to be treated for minor injuries.
After the accident, Mr. Banghell was charged with failing to maintain his lane, a traffic violation. None of the drivers was charged criminally in the incident, and no others were ticketed.
The incident temporarily stopped traffic in both directions on County Road 39, as well as eastbound traffic east of exit 66 on Sunrise Highway. All lanes were reopened by 5 p.m., although residual traffic delays followed into the evening.