By Kathryn G. Menu
A head-on collision around 8 a.m. on Monday morning resulted in a truck being propelled down an embankment on Long Beach Road in Noyac with the driver of another vehicle airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center while traffic was rerouted around what is a heavily used commuter path during the morning hours.
According to Southampton Town Police, a Toyota Corolla was headed northbound towards North Haven Village on Long Beach Road when he allegedly fell asleep in the car, veering into the oncoming lane of traffic and striking a flatbed truck. It was a head-on accident that according to Kate McCarty – whose husband was driving the Kate McCarty Organic Landscapes truck struck by the driver of the Corolla – sent the truck across both lanes of traffic and down an embankment, resting on the shore of Sag Harbor Cove.
“The wheel came off on impact and the truck essentially careened over both lands of travel and down the embankment,” said McCarty, who operates the landscape business with her husband, Douglas. “It happened really fast.”
The male driver of the car, who was alone in the vehicle, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said police. McCarty said one of her company’s employees – one of three in the truck at the time of the accident – was taken to Southampton Hospital by the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps for minor injuries.
No one else was injured as a result of the accident, which closed Long Beach Road for over two hours.
McCarty said the occupants of the truck were all wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision, something she credited with helping protect her husband and employees from further injury.
“It was still a serious accident – they are pretty banged up,” she said. “The truck is totaled. We lost the front wheel, the whole underside of the truck was dragged over the jettie.”
“Honestly, we just feel so fortunate that everyone was able to walk away from this alive,” added McCurty. “Something like this really puts things in perspective.”
She thanked the Sag Harbor Fire Department and Ambulance Corp for their quick response to the scene and help.