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Sep 26, 2014 4:11 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Driver Airlifted After Head-On Crash On County Road 39

Sep 28, 2014 7:35 PM

UPDATE: Noon, Saturday

One of the drivers involved in Friday's crash was airlifted by Suffolk County Police Medevac to Stony Brook University Hospital, Southampton Fire Department Assistant Chief Chris Brenner said Saturday. The extent of the man’s injuries was not immediately known.

A heavy rescue effort was orchestrated by Southampton Fire Chief Dennis Roy to remove the roof of the man’s vehicle, so he could be transported by Southampton Village Ambulance to the Stony Brook Southampton campus to be picked up by the helicopter.

The Southampton Fire Department was called to the scene on County Road 39, near the Yesterday's Treasures antique shop, at 3:56 p.m. The road was partially closed for approximately an hour, Mr. Brenner said, adding that the Southampton Village Fire Police kept one eastbound and one westbound lane open throughout most of the afternoon, with a brief full closure to allow emergency personnel to access the scene.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant Michael Burns said an accident report had not been filed as of Saturday morning and he could not provide any additional information about the people involved in the crash or its cause.

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. Friday

Southampton Town Police said that Friday afternoon’s accident involved two cars, though the extent of injuries suffered by the drivers was still unknown. However, police said there were no fatalities.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

The accident scene was cleared as of 5:15 p.m., according to authorities, and all lanes of County Road 39 reopened. However, traffic continued to be an issue for those heading in both directions.

UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. Friday

A woman who answered the phone at Yesterday’s Treasures on County Road 39 told a reporter that she believed the accident was caused by an elderly man who was driving in the wrong direction on County Road 39. The woman, who declined to give her name, said there appeared to be serious injuries.

Southampton Town issued an alert shortly before 4:30 p.m., stating that a car accident took place in the vicinity of Southampton Masonry, 1540 County Road 39, and that one lane of traffic in each direction remained open between the accident scene and the start of Sunrise Highway.

UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. Friday

A helicopter could be seen circling above the accident scene shortly after 4 p.m., though it was not immediately clear how many people were injured in the accident.

Traffic was starting to build on both directions of County Road 39, according to witnesses.


A head-on crash occurred at around 3:45 p.m. Friday on County Road 39 in Southampton, near the Yesterday’s Treasures antique store, according to witnesses.

Multiple ambulances and heavy rescue trucks were called to the scene. Witnesses said that debris was scattered across the highway.

Southampton Town Police said additional information was not immediately available.

Responding fire department officials said they expected to close both directions of the highway, according to chatter on the scanner.

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Suicide lane?

Slow down, pay attention, and for Providence's sake be aware of your surroundings!!!
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Sep 26, 14 4:29 PM
I'm sitting in traffic on the bus wondering what happened. God bless those involved. I hope they are ok.
By marybmary (54), east hampton on Sep 26, 14 4:37 PM
At this point I believe the negligence of the SH Trustees' to make this road safe has reached the level of criminal conduct. How many more deaths or serious injuries need to occur before they take action and make this road safe? Until they are held personally responsible for allowing this travesty to continue nothing will change.
By BillWillConn3 (180), Scarsdale on Sep 26, 14 8:05 PM
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What do you recommend they do to make it safe?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Sep 26, 14 10:18 PM
ummm, what do the Southampton Trustees have to do with this?!? smh :/
By Jaws (245), Amity Island on Sep 27, 14 9:05 AM
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BWC-do you know what the goal of the Trustees is? "To preserve public access to the water and uphold the traditions of a maritime community". Before throwing stones, get your facts straight.
By S'hamptonNative (84), Southampton on Sep 27, 14 10:10 AM
Rumble strips, according to NY State Police studies they reduce head ons by 70 to 80 percent. Flanders road has then. Inexpensive and saves lives. Why not? Where are our officials on this? Still having 'conversations'. No more excuses, make that road safer!
By TheTurtle (143), Southampton on Sep 27, 14 7:21 AM
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Concrete barrier right down the center, with turn around points. Just like they have on the busy roads up the island. That would eliminate all (most) head-ons. Nothing more ridiculous than one lane in the center of a highway where you can drive both directions.
By SHResident (59), Southampton on Sep 27, 14 8:43 AM
And the death trap known as CR39 claims another victim....
By bird (829), Southampton on Sep 29, 14 1:07 PM
I drive this road each and every day 5-6 times a week. The speed limit was reduced significantly and NO BODY adheres to it. NO BODY....The speeding on this road is ridiculous, especially in the evening when people are eager to get home.
No police, to traffic people.. Drivers Pull out into on coming traffic from McDonalds, all the way up past the college, because no one will slow down for them to exit. I cannot tell you how many times, I've had to slam on my brakes because someone pulled out, ...more
By Magda625 (1), Riverhead on Oct 4, 14 5:58 AM
I never take this road. Never. One accident can trap you for an entire day.
By btdt (449), water mill on Oct 8, 14 5:41 PM