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Jun 27, 2012 8:52 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

One Airlifted After Head-On Crash In Westhampton Beach

Jul 4, 2012 12:52 PM

A driver was airlifted to the hospital and two people suffered minor injuries last Wednesday, June 27, after a car and a work van collided head-on along Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach, just north of the Rogers Avenue Extension.

At 4:56 p.m., the driver of a 2003 Volvo traveling north crossed into the southbound lane of traffic and struck a 2006 Ford van head-on, according to Westhampton Beach Village Police. The driver of the Volvo, whom police have declined to identify, was seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Westhampton Beach Fire Department before being airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, according to police and fire officials. Police said the man was still listed in critical condition as of earlier this week; they did not have an update on his condition.

Westhampton Beach Police Lieutenant Trevor Gonce said police are awaiting the results of a toxicology report and said charges could be filed at some point.

Police said a passenger in the Volvo, who also was not identified, was transported by the Westhampton War Memorial Ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Lt. Gonce said this week that the passenger left the hospital against medical advice.

The driver of the van, which is owned by Genco Heating and Plumbing in Eastport, also suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Police said he hurt his toe and was transported by ambulance to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead.

Southampton Town Police and the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance also responded to the scene.

The accident forced the closure of the stretch of Old Riverhead Road between the railroad tracks and the Rogers Avenue Extension until about 7 p.m., according to fire officials.

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There has been a rash of accidents lately. I don't know if this was the case here, but, people, put the phone down! I have been swerved at by drivers holding cellphones, talking or texting. I've seen cops talking and texting on cell phones while driving. Please, put the phone down!
By baywave (22), Westhampton Beach on Jun 28, 12 11:25 AM
HANDS FREE!!!!!!
By GoldenBoy (350), EastEnd on Jun 28, 12 3:44 PM
What do you do when you want to dial ??
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Jun 28, 12 4:27 PM
Many "Smartphones" are voice activated, and have a speech to text feature.
By Mr. Z (11677), North Sea on Jul 2, 12 5:42 AM
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Hopefuly the jokesters will never be the casualty. They will change their tune real fast.
By realistic (471), westhampton on Jun 28, 12 8:07 PM
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DRIVE, AND DRIVE ONLY!!!! Make a call on the side of the road. I don't care about hands free, people drive 3000 lb machines, respect them, drive, only drive!
By LI native (127), east moriches on Jun 28, 12 11:14 PM
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I agree 100%
By the other one (8), Westhampton Beach on Jul 1, 12 3:02 PM
I must've missed the part of the story that mentioned a phone.
By Paramarine (28), Raleigh, NC on Jul 1, 12 11:56 PM
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yeah, me too. what about drinking and driving? there must have been suspicion that the driver of the volvo was under the influence of alcohol or drugs to order a toxicology test.
By Jaws (244), Westhampton Beach on Jul 6, 12 12:47 PM