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Jul 23, 2015 10:56 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Elderly Woman Airlifted To Stony Brook Following Three-Car Crash On County Road 39 Wednesday

Jul 23, 2015 11:49 AM

An elderly woman was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital after suffering serious injuries from a three-car crash on County Road 39 Wednesday evening.

According to Southampton Fire Department First Assistant Chief Chris Brenner, the woman was trapped in the front passenger side of a 4-door sedan that a work van had smashed into. One other vehicle was involved in the crash, which occurred around 5:40 p.m. near Tuckahoe Road.

Mr. Brenner said crews worked "quickly and efficiently" to remove the woman from the vehicle. A medevac helicopter was requested to airlift her to Stony Brook so she could be treated for serious injuries she suffered from the accident.

Southampton Volunteer Ambulance, Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance were also called to the scene to transport other passengers involved in the accident to Southampton Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Mr. Brenner said.

County Road 39 was closed for about an hour as the accident was cleared. Fire police from the North Sea Fire Department was requested to assist the Southampton Fire Department with diverting traffic. The road was open by 6:43 p.m.

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What is the identity of the elderly woman? Can that please be disclosed?
By Vikki K (487), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 1:41 PM
When CR 39 was widened in a rush, many safety features were left out of the specifications. Most significant was the lack of rumble strips that alert drivers (especially texting drivers) that they have left the safety of their own lane. Head ons are cut by 90% after rumble strips are installed. CR 39 also needs shoulders, left turn arrows and sidewalks.
Safe roads help prevent accidents by bad drivers. And we have no shortage of bad drivers.
All the above is 100% proven to reduce accidents. ...more
By TheTurtle (138), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 3:37 PM
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That road is extremely dangerous....NO ONE obeys the speed limit, the cops have no place to pull anyone over until they are past the Lobster Inn (heading west)...The turning lane is used for a travel lane..no shoulders and no room for error. Tuckahoe Lane is a bad spot, so is Hill Station Road. There is no simple fix....To do it right a bypass is needed to carry traffic off of 39, Montauk Highway and Hill Street.
By sandydog21 (194), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 8:27 AM
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ive heard that the State of NY is considering using EMINENT DOMAIN to take over a chunk of land on the perimeter of Shinnecock Golf.
they have plenty of land and its
pretty much empty all the time. they don't need the mini 9 hole course, they don't need that town road they are successfully stealing (goes from Tuckahoe along the 10th hole down to that day care center on St Andrews Rd) and they don't need all that parking and caddy dwelling to the west!!
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I think it makes sense to ...more
By dave h (192), calverton on Jul 24, 15 1:16 PM
To call 39 "dangerous" is to be kind. "Death Trap" would be a better description. Put the road back the way it was with one full width lane each direction and shoulders. Take the rail bed east of Speonk away from the MTA and take bids to run a light rail service.
By bird (755), Sag Harbor on Jul 24, 15 3:36 PM
Unless your "light rail service" can load tradesmen work trucks and the like, it wouldnt help much. Besides, no one wants to take the train.
By Nukiepoo (115), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 12:58 PM
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By Nukiepoo (115), Southampton on Jul 30, 15 12:58 PM
I have just heard from family that my cousin was hurt in that accident. We offer our prayers for her and her family..
Referring to the post by turtle it is a sham that a town with so much riches is so penny wise and pound foolish. .
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 23, 15 4:48 PM
I got stuck in the traffic back-up going west at the time of the accident, so got off of 39 at my earliest opportunity and postponed my trip west until 7PM and traffic was still slow moving until it broke open near the Lobster Inn. I think it was a report from 2011 that named Cty Rd. 39 the most dangerous road in the state. Maybe it still holds that "honor", but regardless, can you imagine what adding a shopping center on it would mean?
By June Bug (2333), SOUTHAMPTON on Jul 23, 15 4:59 PM
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It would mean you would not have to sit on the highway in traffic. Instead you could go to the shopping center, go to the grocery store, and have diner at one of the restaurants, or do your banking while the first responders assist the accident victims and eventually the road crews clear the highway. The power of positive thinking...sigh.
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 23, 15 8:45 PM
really? -->
build more condos and mega mini malls so when the accidents happen you are already close to home anyway or you can go shopping.
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that is so logically challenged that I actually think people would consider it intelligent.
I think you are being sarcastic/ right?? well played .. I cant figure out if you are serious or sacrcastic.
well played indeed!

By david h (405), southampton on Jul 24, 15 9:40 AM
I'm not sure. What I do find troubling is how each time there is an accident the anti-Tuckahoe Center crowd uses these tragic events as a subterfuge to attack the project. In this case, there is no information as to what caused this crash and, more importantly, this one occurred close to the college near Tuckahoe rd, and no where close to the proposed Tuckahoe shopping center. I suppose the only thing in common they share is the noun. The traffic situation on 39 is just the latest argument by the ...more
By Toma Noku (616), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 11:19 AM
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Of course you haven't heard a solution. That's because elected officials are a big part of the problem. They have been busily green lighting zone changing projects all over town - think condos and apartment buildings - that increase population levels and increase our traffic woes. Ever take a look at all the condos crowded into the mayor's father's development on South Magee St.? It's like Nassau County, not Southampton. The town make it possible by allowing a town/village border change.
By Crabby (63), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 11:59 AM
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disagree that government has to be increased to deal with all the issues that the developers create.
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these developers build wtf they want, government changes the zoning to accomdate and now we need more paid officials on the town payroll to deal with it all
only causes your taxes to go sky high .. and more congestion .. and yup, these bad accidents. so th logic is consequential.
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and btw fwiw .. the reporting wasn't so good on this - so its just a guess ..but we all know ...more
By david h (405), southampton on Jul 24, 15 1:00 PM
I don't see any Police enforcement on CR39. I drive at 40MPH (Speed limit is 35MPH) and all the cars are passing me by? The only time I see the Police on CR39 is after a fatal accident . The lack of enforcement breeds disrespect for the law.The Southampton Politicians are more interested in the tourist dollars than they are of peoples safety.
By hellojoe (3), southampton on Jul 24, 15 9:20 AM
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CR39 AKA "Death Road."

The intersection of Hill Station and East Inlet is beyond belief. CR39 must be changed back to one lane. This would allow space for a desperately needed shoulder for cars to pull over as well as police/ambulance crews to operate. One lane would force a slow down in speed as well as reduce the terrifying situation of cars passing each other going in opposite directions at 65 miles per hour with a foot of space between them.

Someone needs to file suit naming ...more
By BillWillConn3 (170), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 6:20 PM
suicide alley it is and until drivers slow down there will be accidents, many fatal. A shame the Town PD cannot police this stretch of road with any vigor. taking care of all the alarms (usually not warranted) for the privilged and entitled who by the way are paying alarm companies to keep property safe. What a joke the town PD have become doing the bidding for the alarm companies
By xtiego (683), bridgehampton on Jul 24, 15 6:49 PM
I'm not sure that I can properly articulate the risk of the Tuckahoe Center to the quality of life from Manorville east. Think of the Tuckahoe center like toll plaza, a thruway rest stop or were 95 south splits off to the Throgs Neck Bridge. On a Friday night you'd need a one mile right turn lane to accommodate all the cars going east who say we'll just stop for . ? ? Now they drive on to points east. The tradesmen, same thing. The whole idea of current zoning is to not have businesses that ...more
By TheTurtle (138), Southampton on Jul 24, 15 7:56 PM
The idea of taking land that is available is a good one for that area, but then what happens after the drivers get past the golf course?
Someday, hopefully soon, all will realize the only solution to this unique situation is the one used a few years ago when it became necessary to use the railroad to get around the building of this unique death trap.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jul 25, 15 9:19 AM
Railroad shhould be closed and a new major highway built to Montauk-use buses for public transportation
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Jul 25, 15 2:37 PM
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The road is as dangerous as people make it.

The lights have timings to break up traffic, and allow for left turns. People disregard those speed limits, and left turns become problematic. People choose to make left turns from the north side of Tuckahoe Lane, where there is little to no visibility.

That people choose to be reckless, irresponsible, selfish, and/or do errant, foolish, or stupid things behind the wheel is not the fault of the road. But, the road is easy to blame. ...more
Jul 25, 15 3:24 PM appended by Mr. Z
Incidentally, government is not the problem. People are.
By Mr. Z (10907), North Sea on Jul 25, 15 3:24 PM
the area is as crowded as people make it.
By dave h (192), calverton on Jul 25, 15 7:25 PM
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and of course as we debate -- WE ALL HOPE THIS WOMAN IS OK, RECOVERS and can rest comfortably and get well soon !!
By dave h (192), calverton on Jul 26, 15 7:07 PM