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Jul 24, 2014 10:11 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Truck Hauling Dirt Overturns On Flanders Road, Partially Crushing Car

Jul 24, 2014 12:53 PM

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.

Flanders Road will reopen by 12:45 p.m. between Bellows Pond Road and Pleasure Drive, according to Southampton Town Police. According to police, a street sweeper truck is clearing the remainder of the dirt on the road left by the truck that tipped over.



UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.

Southampton Town Police said it appeared that the driver of a Toyota Corolla pulled out in front of a truck hauling a load of dirt as both vehicles were heading north on Flanders Road shortly before 7:30 a.m., and that the cab of the truck wound up rolling over onto the car, crushing part of it.

Lieutenant Michael Zarro said the driver of the tractor trailer appears to have slammed on his brakes, causing the vehicle to roll over and spill its contents along the highway. The truck’s red cab came to a rest on top of the Toyota.

Lt. Zarro confirmed that the driver of the Toyota had to be airlifted to Stony Brook, though he did not know the extent of the injuries sustained. The helicopter landed at Red Creek Park.

Machinery was called in to remove the dirt from the road.

Police said they expected Flanders Road to be closed until at least 11 a.m. as they continued their investigation and crews continued to clear the highway.

ORIGINAL STORY

An early morning crash on Thursday between a car and tractor trailer closed both directions of Flanders Road, near the intersection of Red Creek Road in Hampton Bays, according to witnesses.

Initial reports stated that the driver of the car had to be transported by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital while the driver of the truck was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

The accident occurred at about 7:20 a.m., according to Southampton Town Police, and Flanders Road was shut down in both directions between Bellows Pond Road and Pleasure Drive.

Portable traffic signs installed on Montauk Highway in the Wainscott area, and along Sunrise Highway to the west, warned drivers about the closure of Flanders Road.

Police could not immediately provide any additional information about the crash.

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By Frank Wheeler (1818), Northampton on Jul 24, 14 10:52 AM
My prayers to both driver and hope all are alright - but When will be people slow down and realize Big trucks cannot stop a quick as a regular car. No one needs to get anywhere so fast they can't wait for a proper opening in traffic. Life is too short to rush through it.
By lmahanna (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 14 12:40 PM
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By Jaws (243), Amity Island on Jul 24, 14 12:40 PM
People pull out in front of me on Flanders Rd all the time. You really have to be careful. If you don't know the area, you won't know that people on side streets get tired of waiting and just shoot right out, figuring you'll slow down in time or swing into the left turning lane. It's really common and I watch cars waiting at the corners of side streets like a hawk.
By btdt (449), water mill on Jul 24, 14 12:58 PM
My Uncle was a truck driver and gave me a great piece of advice. If you ever think about turning out in front of a truck, remember that they can't stop like you can and that whoever is behind that wheel is at work. Wait the extra time and let them pass.
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jul 24, 14 1:17 PM
Physics lessons don't hurt either.

f = m x a

Four wheelers will lose. Every time.
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