On a busy Sunday afternoon in East Hampton Village, a single car crashed into a tree on Pantigo Road, near Gay Lane, injuring four. Two occupants were flown to Stony Brook University Medical Center for their injuries.
Village Police Captain Mike Tracey said the minivan was heading west on Pantigo Road when it veered off the road, hitting a lamppost and then a tree, essentially head-on. The accident occured on the north side of the road, which is part of Montauk Highway, across from the CVS pharmacy.
The East Hampton Fire Department's heavy rescue squad reportedly had to cut the sliding door to remove some of the occupants. The East Hampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Association, the Bridgehampton Fire Department, and Springs Fire Department treated the patients, taking two of them to Southampton Hospital, while the two others were airlifted by a Suffolk County Police medevac helicopter.
"The investigation is still on going as of now," Captain Tracey said on Sunday evening around 7:30 p.m. East Hampton Town police detectives are assisting village detectives in reconstructing the accident scene, he said. That portion of Pantigo Road was closed with traffic being diverted down Gay Lane and Accabonac Road as of 7:45 p.m.
The accident drew a crowd of onlookers who gathered on the corner across the street while the occupants were being extricated.