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Feb 15, 2019 1:21 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: One Person Killed In Water Mill Accident On Friday

A portion of Montauk Highway was closed on Friday afternoon after an accident involving a box truck and an SUV.    DANA SHAW
Feb 19, 2019 4:02 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.

One person was killed in an accident, police confirmed on Tuesday.

Police said Jennifer Russo, 38, of East Hampton was driving a Volvo SUV when she crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the box truck head-on.

Ms. Russo was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Thomas Infantolino, 53, was driving the box truck alone, police said, although earlier reports suggested he had a passenger. The impact from the accident caused Mr. Infantolino to become trapped in the truck.

Emergency crews responded and had to cut Mr. Infantolino free from the truck. He was then transported to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where he was treated for severe leg injuries.

No charges have been filed in connection with the accident, police said.

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

Police said plans for a Suffolk County Medevac helicopter to fly one of the victims to the hospital had to be aborted because of hazardous weather conditions and the victim was instead transported by ambulance.

The accident was a head-on collision, police said.

Two people were in the box truck. Police could not say which person in the truck, the passenger or the driver, was injured, but police said the person sustained severe leg injuries.

Montauk Highway remained closed as of 3:20 p.m.

No other details were available,


A portion of Montauk Highway just west of Hayground Road in Water Mill was closed Friday afternoon following the collision of a box truck and Volvo that left one motorist trapped.

Southampton Town Police responded to the scene shortly after the 12:06 p.m. call.

Heavy rescue was called after it was discovered that one person was trapped inside the box truck, police said.

Further details weren’t immediately available.

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Staff, Montauk hwy closed, I heard???
By knitter (1717), Southampton on Feb 15, 19 1:28 PM
It is still closed, car is bad. Truck off to the side heading west.
By Fred s (2561), Southampton on Feb 15, 19 1:35 PM
Any updates?
By johnnyhampton (81), Southampton on Feb 15, 19 8:54 PM
This article is so wrong. Whoever wrote it should be fired
By Ti99 (1), Riverhead on Feb 16, 19 7:59 AM
Does anyone know any details of what happened?
By Qwerty123 (1), Westhampton Beach on Feb 16, 19 8:32 AM
updates??? forget it. report an forget it.. never any followup.
By xtiego (696), bridgehampton on Feb 16, 19 5:18 PM
1 member liked this comment
Here’s the update, highway is open. Traffic is flowing freely.
By Fred s (2561), Southampton on Feb 16, 19 6:24 PM
I agree with Xtiego there is never any updates on any stories.
By johnnyhampton (81), Southampton on Feb 16, 19 8:58 PM