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May 15, 2012 7:51 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Driver Unhurt After Crashing Into Shinnecock Bay

May 16, 2012 12:50 PM

No injuries were reported after the driver of a pickup truck drove off Argonne Road East in Hampton Bays and landed in Shinnecock Bay on Tuesday afternoon, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant John Boden.

Police, who did not immediately identify the driver, said the vehicle, a green Ford F-450 pickup truck, left the road at around 5 p.m.

According to Sergeant Michael Zarro of the Town Police, the driver of the truck attempted to stop at a stop sign and the vehicle’s brakes failed. The pickup truck then went over the edge and ended up in several feet of water.

The driver had exited the vehicle, which was submerged up to its doors, before emergency personnel arrived on the scene, according to Hampton Bays Fire Department 1st Assistant Chief Billy Hutchinson. He added that the driver was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Police are still investigating the accident.

The Town Police and Hampton Bays Fire Department, including members of their dive teams, responded to the scene, according to Mr. Hutchinson. He added that a Hampton Bays ambulance was also called but was not needed. Dive team members assisted in the recovery of the vehicle.

Erin McKinley

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By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on May 16, 12 9:43 AM
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It's not that uncommon for rusted brake lines to rupture around here. It has happened to me and it's kinda scary. Vehicles rust faster the closer they are to saltwater.
By fish head (9), Southampton on May 17, 12 12:00 PM
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Hmmm...he who lives in glass houses should not throw stones but, looks like a pretty newish truck to have rusted out brake lines ? I remember back when my brakes failed. I was going 60 mph and hit 'em at least 10 feet in advance of the stop sign. Sailed right thru the sign before the darned brakes would stop the thing. No one got hurt - no thanks to those danged brakes !
By Sag (54), Sag harbor on May 17, 12 4:51 PM
The stop sign in this case is 500' from where the truck stopped, not likely a late braking incident.

By ICE (1214), Southampton on May 21, 12 11:07 AM
And he was able to avoid those signs between the road and the water. If here were stopping for the sign at the foot of Lynn Ave, he must have been going mighty fast to land in the water.

Who said the brake lines rusted?
By bb (909), Hampton Bays on May 22, 12 10:43 PM
Would I be remiss in questioning the necessity of a dive team (volunteers?) to assist in the recovery of a vehicle that is "submerged up to its doors" in a couple of feet of water, about 10 feet from the bank? Those guys look sort of silly wading around in wet suits and SCUBA gear. I can't tell from the photo if they have their flippers on, but I'll bet they do. The ambulance team should have at least posed with a colorful stretcher before leaving the scene. These photo ops don't just happen ...more
By loading... (588), quiogue on May 31, 12 9:38 AM
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