An SUV and a small sedan collided Friday morning in Southampton on County Road 39, resulting in one driver being transported to Stony Brook University Hospital via medevac helicopter, according to Southampton Fire Department 2nd Assistant Chief Chris Brenner.
Brenner said the accident forced the sedan into a guardrail and both drivers had to be extricated. The sedan driver was airlifted while Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance took the driver of the SUV and two passengers to Southampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The fire department was called to the scene at 5:29 a.m. the westbound lanes were closed from Hills Station Road to North Road, though an eastbound lane was open, Brenner said.
“While at the scene a tractor trailer that was in traffic eastbound on Sunrise Highway had a mechanical issue causing a tire to blow out igniting its brakes,” Brenner said. “Additional crews were called to put out the smoldering brakes.”
Firefighters were on the scene for two and a half hours and lanes were reopened by 8:15 a.m., he said. Chief Dennis Roy was in charge of the scene.