Three-Vehicle Accident Closes Montauk Highway

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A three-vehicle accident at Spring Close Highway closed a portion of Montauk Highway between Brent's Deli and Skimhampton Road in East Hampton Wednesday morning.

The crash occurred just before 9 a.m. According to Sgt. Joe Kearney, a truck towing a trailer with fresh asphalt was making a left-hand turn onto Spring Close Highway when it was rear-ended by a large truck, causing the trailer with the asphalt to flip over. The truck that was towing it veered into the westbound lane of traffic, where it was struck by a New York State Parks pickup truck, also towing a small trailer. 

Two people were taken to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Sergeant Kearney said. 

"The road is kind of a mess with the asphalt," he said. The town's Highway Department is coordinating with the state's Department of Transportation to get the road cleaned up and reopened. One of the trucks was leaking oil. Three Rapid Recovery tow trucks were called to remove the vehicles. 

Spring Close Highway is closed off. Sergeant Kearney said it would be at least noon before the road is reopened.