Two people involved in a serious three-car accident on Route 114, north of Stephen Hand's Path, in East Hampton late Wednesday morning were airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.
East Hampton Town Police Lt. Chris Hatch said the drivers of a Blue Tides irrigation company work van and a Subaru, the two vehicles that sustained the brunt of the damage, were airlifted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of a third vehicle, a Ford Explorer, was not injured, he said.
Police are investigating the cause of the accident, the lieutenant said. He would only say that one vehicle bumped another, sending the Subaru across the highway and into the oncoming van.
The East Hampton Fire Department's heavy rescue squad was called to extricate one or more people from the vehicles,which ppeared to have collided head-on. Traffic was re-routed around the accident. Town police called for extra help to at the scene, including from East Hampton Village police.
The accident was reported at 11:47 a.m., the third of three calls, including one other motor vehicle accident, the East Hampton Village Ambulance Association answered within a five-minute period.
The first accident occurred at 11:42 p.m., when a pedestrian was reportedly struck by a car on Newtown Lane in front of the Mary's Marvelous food shop. A few minutes later, the ambulance association was also called to Three Mile Harbor Road for a reported injury.
The East Hampton Village dispatchers, which handle calls for five of the six emergency service providers that serve East Hampton Town, were flooded with calls on Wednesday morning for other alarms and fire chiefs' investigations.
Also around that time, the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps was dispatched to assist a man who fell off a ladder on North Haven, and the Amagansett Fire Department was sent to an E.M.S. call, also for a fall.
The Southampton Fire Department also responded to a fire in a wall of a house on North Main Street in Southampton Village just before noon Wednesday.