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Apr 17, 2015 2:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: Sunrise Highway Reopened Following Garbage Truck Fire

Apr 18, 2015 7:46 AM

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

State Troopers said Sunrise Highway has been cleared and reopened after a truck hauling a dumpster caught fire Friday afternoon and blocked both eastbound lanes for more than four hours.

UPDATE: 6 p.m.

The eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway are still closed between the Eastport and Westhampton exits, west of Route 111 in Eastport

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

The Eastport and Westhampton Beach fire departments are still working to clear the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway following a garbage truck fire earlier in the afternoon, west of exit 63.

State Police, who responded to the scene, said that once the firefighters clear the area, crews with the State Department of Transportation need to remove remaining debris before the lanes can be reopened. Eastbound vehicles are still being diverted from the highway at the Westhampton exit.

The lane closure is expected to last at least another hour.


Both eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway was closed between exits 62 and 63 in Westhampton on Friday afternoon, due to a garbage truck that caught fire.

According to New York State Police, the truck caught fire shortly after 2 p.m. Area fire departments also responded to the scene.

Police did not have information on any injuries.

Eastbound traffic was being rerouted at County Road 31.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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By Mouthampton (433), Southampton on Apr 17, 15 3:57 PM
No pictures?
By Duckbornandraised (184), Eastport on Apr 17, 15 4:52 PM
So was the truck on fire or the load?
By bird (817), Southampton on Apr 17, 15 10:15 PM
How does it take 4 hours to put out a dumpster fire?
By rightwing (18), East Quogue on Apr 18, 15 8:08 PM
The Garbage caught on fire, it has to be spread out to wet down all the hot spots and the cab of the truck caught on fire as well. Thank you to all the fire fighters who took the four hours out of there day to put this fire out and get the mess cleaned up
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Apr 20, 15 9:00 AM
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