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Aug 15, 2012 12:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Jeep Driver Swerved Into Oncoming Traffic Before Crash With Cesspool Truck In North Haven

Aug 16, 2012 10:21 AM

UPDATE, Thursday, 10 a.m.

The Jeep involved in a serious car crash in North Haven Wednesday morning was headed toward the Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge and Sag Harbor when it suddenly veered into the lane of oncoming traffic on Ferry Road, also known as Route 114, for still-unknown reasons, witnesses told police, according to Town Police Sergeant Andrew Ficurilli.

The driver of a cesspool truck headed in the opposite direction tried to avoid the Jeep, but was unable to prevent the crash, police said.

The Jeep driver could not be interviewed fully because of the extent of her injuries, police said.

The Suffolk County Police Motor Safety Carrier Unit, which responds to accidents involving commercial trucks and serious injuries, inspected the truck, although Sgt. Ficurilli said he did not have the results yet.

The names of the motorists were not yet available from police.

No charges have been filed in connection with the crash.

ORIGINAL STORY

A two-vehicle crash in North Haven Wednesday morning resulted in one driver being airlifted to the hospital, Sag Harbor Fire Department Chief Pete Garypie said.

The crash took place sometime around 9 a.m. on Ferry Road near Fresh Pond Road and involved a cesspool truck and a Jeep Cherokee, each of which had one occupant, Chief Garypie said.

The Jeep driver had to be extricated from her vehicle and was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, the chief said. The cesspool truck driver did not required medical attention.

“I believe the Jeep was heading south and the truck north, but I’m not sure how they came together,” he said. “I know it was raining pretty heavily at that time.”

The road was closed while police investigated.

Karl Grossman, a Noyac resident and columnist for The Press, said he was driving through that stretch of North Haven on his way home from Sag Harbor shortly before 11:30 a.m.

“Half of it is just demolished,” he said, referring to the driver’s side of the Jeep. “It’s really an unbelievable accident. It looks terrible.” About a third of the vehicle is “just torn metal,” he said.

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Our first responders, emts, and fire department (all of whom are volunteers) have been very busy this summer. These horrible accidents (and especially fatalities) do take a toll on them. Our population soars during the summer months, and they are taken from their jobs, families, etc. in order to help us all. Perhaps this is the time to thank them and realize we are blessed to have such caring, dedicated members of our local communities that have been pushed to the limit this summer.
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By Mrs.Sea (267), Sag Harbor on Aug 15, 12 12:49 PM
Not True, many departments have "paid" personnel, along with the volunteers answering calls, all doing a great job.
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on Aug 15, 12 1:38 PM
What a ridiculous statement - who is getting "paid"?
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 12 2:12 PM
Which Departments have paid personnel????
By lmahanna (15), Hampton Bays on Aug 15, 12 1:58 PM
Your fire district and ambulance district both have paid personnel.

Your fire district has a well paid office and dispatching staff but I don't believe any paid responders.

Your ambulance department has paid first responders 24/7.
By C Law (334), Water Mill on Aug 15, 12 3:00 PM
Montauk, Amaganset, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton all do not have paid Responders. Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, Hampton bays, westhampton, riverhead and west have 24/7 Advanced life support responders (Paramedics or EMT - Critical Care providers) and Southampton village has ALS providers from 6 am to 6pm 7 days a week. The ambulances are usually driven and ran by 100% volunteers. Thank you to all the brothers and sisters that volley. I am a volley and there is no better feeling than ...more
By Unkown Local (18), southampton on Aug 17, 12 5:01 PM
The majority of east end ambulance corps have a paid first responder 24/7 to help get a medical provider to the scene as soon as possible. Im not sure if they all have it ( bridgehampton and sag harbor do not i believe) but its definantely a huge step in patient care......but with that said without the volunteers, none of it would be possible so a HUGE thanks to them!
By mrobin (119), North Sea on Aug 15, 12 2:47 PM
Sag Harbor does not have a paid first responder, they are ALL volunteers. And yes, they do an awesome job!
By saggirl7 (1), sag harbor on Aug 15, 12 3:15 PM
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Are we REALLY fighting about our volunteers?? Thank Them!! My brother has been a volunteer for many years, and does not get a cent--he does it because he wants to help his community, and honestly, they do not get thanked enough! THANKS volunteers! You mean the world to us!
By tigger231 (2), Sag harbor on Aug 15, 12 4:07 PM
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Flanders, Riverhead, Westhampton, southampton volunteer, southampton village. Go west of here and they're mostly paid FR plus.
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Aug 15, 12 4:17 PM
East of Southampton there are no paid fire department or EMS personal. There are only volunteers that leave there families in the middle of the night and there jobs to go out to help a person and or family in need without hesitation they are there in a flash. That being said maybe everyone one should take time out to look and yield to a volunteer with a blue light and or green light head to a call cause that few minutes could save a life.
By hampton girl (1), Amagansett on Aug 15, 12 5:16 PM
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understood, but a paid crew doesn't have to stop at every light or hope that someone yields to their green light - they're in a proper emergency vehicle that can roll thru intersections, red lights and stop signs. Further, they don't have to leave a job or get out of bed. They're working. Think response time and it all makes sense. Time is tissue, eh ?
By lazymedic (100), southampton on Aug 15, 12 8:12 PM
Technically their all being paid, cash to the hired ones and LOSAP to the vollies. Its all taxpayer money both ways, But the job gets done.
By The Squirl (36), Red creek on Aug 15, 12 5:48 PM
Is your name Shallow Hal? I've never heard of any one volunteering for LOSAP, people do it for the good of the community!
By sagharborparent (30), sag harbor on Aug 15, 12 6:36 PM
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I don't know about other departments but I do know my local department Flanders ambulance volunteers for "free be's" they even have a time share in Florida... what "volunteer" organization can get away with this... oh one who lost there non for profit status for not paying the IRS. Wonder where all the tax dollars went if they cant even pay there bills. If anything happened to me drag me to another ambulance district. These arent volunteers helping us, there robbing us.
By FLRalph (9), Flanders on Aug 21, 12 4:10 PM
That's not the reason most people do it it's something that you do to help others
By Gansett boy (1), Amagansett on Aug 15, 12 6:30 PM
who cares if they are paid or not the fact is they respond in unbelieveable time and make the best use of their equipment and trainiing. to all the volumteers a much needed and greatful thanks for your continued fast response time and the caring manner you handle accident victims. well done. as a big part of the community you would think others would give back in way of funds if not able to join to help themselves. hopefully more and more people will realize the work being done by the volunteers ...more
By xtiego (679), bridgehampton on Aug 15, 12 7:57 PM
Worst summer on the road ever.
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Aug 15, 12 8:23 PM
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I agree. I find so many people distracted (or maybe drunk?) this summer. How many have crossed the yellow line in the daytime, and how many fatalities because of it?

How does this happen? Texting, phone use? I feel like I take my life in my hands every time I get in the car.
By concerned east ender (49), Sag Harbor on Aug 16, 12 4:20 PM
A myriad of factors, and you named almost all of them.

Put it all in the crucible, burn the irrelevancy off, and it boils down to one thing:

Operators have no business doing anything other than DRIVING while behind the wheel. PERIOD. Especially inexperienced ones.
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Aug 16, 12 5:06 PM
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Agreed and they are mostly head on crashes... I will say it again... I believe they all have one thing in commen...TEXTING! Not TALKING so please do not confuse the 2 TEXTING.
By joe hampton (3272), south hampton on Aug 16, 12 8:49 PM
Either way, joe distracted driving is distracted driving.

I've almost seen it all from my perch in the work truck. Reading the paper, texting while driving with their knees, doing makeup, using a tablet or iPad, laptop on the passenger seat, fixated on the radio or mp3 player, XXX, etc., etc., etc.

So many miles, so much folly...

By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Aug 17, 12 6:06 AM
I was NOT drunk nor Texting and I did NOT cross the double yellow line either. I was struck by the other driver. I was barely conscience at the scene after accident and no one could get my side of the story. Unfair for everyone to believe one side of the story. I was just headed to the gym to workout and kissed all 4 of my children goodbye. I told them I would be home in one hour and never came home to them. Shame on people for assuming I was in the wrong. The truth will come out. I am alive and ...more
By DeliaChicka (3), Sag Harbor, New York on Jan 9, 13 1:44 PM
??????????????????????????????? Really ?????????????????????????
By flip182 (3), easthampton on Aug 16, 12 1:11 AM
Really.

There are even accidents that don't make the news here. Monday there was an MVA on 39 Monday afternoon, and a driver took out a fire hydrant along with an electric meter on Henry Rd. Saturday morning.

Three more weeks to go...
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Aug 16, 12 6:33 AM
Plus the Horse Show starts in a week!
By PBR (4895), Southampton on Aug 16, 12 8:30 AM
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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Aug 16, 12 11:20 AM
Well, stats are 4 near misses before 9 am.

Actually, more like near hits.

Be careful out there people...
By Mr. Z (10898), North Sea on Aug 17, 12 8:50 AM
Many of these accidents involve a car suddenly veering into the oncoming lane. I'll bet a portable communication device plays a part in distracting the driver.
By Sag (53), Sag harbor on Aug 22, 12 2:48 PM
I will bet you it didn't. If you don't know facts, then you should say anything at all.
By DeliaChicka (3), Sag Harbor, New York on Jan 9, 13 1:48 PM
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By MD (21), Southampton on Aug 23, 12 12:18 PM
You people are ridiculous on here. Learn to have some class Fighting about who's a volunteer and who isn't. Does anyone on here have concern about the drivers? Or their families and friends. My prayers go out to Delia and her family for a safe recovery and also to the driver of the cesspool truck.
By MD (21), Southampton on Aug 23, 12 12:20 PM
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By DeliaChicka (3), Sag Harbor, New York on Jan 9, 13 1:53 PM
You should ask a lawyer whether or not it is a good idea to be discussing your accident on a public forum.
By dnice (2342), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 13 2:07 PM
Ditto plus scatological references will usually led to comments being deleted. Sorry for your suffering from this accident and being judged here.
By PBR (4895), Southampton on Jan 9, 13 2:21 PM