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Jun 23, 2011 9:34 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Flipover Stalls Traffic On County Road 39 In Southampton

Jun 27, 2011 4:02 PM

A black SUV pulling a camper overturned on Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays on Thursday morning, closing down both eastbound lanes and stalling traffic.

As of 10:10 a.m., one lane was reopened, according to a New York State Trooper Charles Witczak.

The New York State Police is handling the investigation of the accident, according to Southampton Town Police Sergeant Andrew Ficurilli.

The accident occurred at about 8:50 a.m., Sgt. Ficurilli said. He did not know what caused the accident and said he believes at least one person was transported to the hospital. The extent of that person’s injuries were unknown.

“A SUV was pulling a camper, a travel trailer, and it rolled over,” he said. “Somehow he lost control and it overturned. I don’t know what it was, if it was a mechanical issue or what.”

New York State Police, Southampton Town Police, Hampton Bays Fire Department, Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance and Southampton Volunteer Ambulance were on the scene. Traffic was being redirected off of Sunrise Highway to North Road at Exit 66.

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My favorite part of the whole ordeal, was the STPD cop who opted to wait in the rest stop to bust someone making the U-turn.. Instead of directing traffic off the highway at the Hampton Bays exit, which would be much more suitable for the volume of cars exiting.. Kudos to the cop! You're a jerk... Instead of preventing the problem, he opted to wait, and tax-ate...
By The Royal 'We' (199), Southampton on Jun 23, 11 10:07 AM
When someone you love is killed because of the jerks making u-turns where they should not, I am sure that your opinion will change.
By guest (68), Bridgehampton on Jun 23, 11 2:25 PM
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Don't be a tool and break the law and you'll have nothing to worry about Royal whatever!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 23, 11 3:22 PM
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Amazing the injuries were not worse, and that no fatalities apparently occurred accordingly to the article. Check the photographs.

It will be interesting to see what caused the tow vehicle to roll 180 degrees, and the trailer 90, yet they both ended up in-line it seems.

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jun 23, 11 3:43 PM
I am an rv'er and every summer we see an accidnet like this, so avoidable. To small a vehicle pulling to large a trailer. Once the trailer breaks loose there just isnt enough vehicle mass to control it. Stupid Stupid Stupid. Lucky they werent killed or killed someone in the process! There are rv'ers and then there are people with campers.
By North Sea Citizen (568), North Sea on Jun 23, 11 6:00 PM
North Sea Citizen,

Your comment suggests that you witnessed this unfortunate incident personally. Please fill us in with your on-site personal observations from this morning about the events which caused the accident.

Thank you.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jun 23, 11 6:43 PM
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As Scotty would say "You canna' change the laws of physics".

NSC is pretty accurate in his assesment. You have an 18 ft. vehicle, which weighs roughly 4800 lbs., towing a 34 ft. trailer which most likely outweighs it by a more than fair amount. As we all recall from physics, f = ma. The trailer has the ability to "drive" the vehicle under unfortunate conditions.

It's hard to tell from the photo, even when zoomed, if load levelers are actually present. I would also question ...more
Jun 23, 11 8:44 PM appended by Mr. Z
Almost forgot. It would appear the safety chains did work, and kept the vehicle in tandem with the trailer, or vice-versa. I would also wonder how fast the speed of travel was when it hit those bumps over the canal.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 23, 11 8:44 PM
you're kidding right?
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Jun 24, 11 11:12 AM
Well, angular momentum only factors in after the wheels are spinning in free air...
Jun 24, 11 10:54 PM appended by Mr. Z
You do understand the purpose of downshifting, per the percentage of grade, right?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 24, 11 10:54 PM
angular stupidity, divided by a quotient of insensitivity and narcissism when compared to a factor of cheap wine and solitude equal the post you see above.
By HSA (68), southampton on Jul 5, 11 7:00 AM
Well, I only drink with my friends, and rarely at home, unless friends or family are over. Don't even keep alcohol in the house, or the 'fridge, you ****** idiot. I'll give you fair warning right now to knock off your crusade, o' noble Knight of the Round Table. Didn't work out for King Richard, and you more than likely have less clout. And, honestly, it would be less fun to ignore you.

So, should I presume you hold a valid license to operate large GVWR vehicles professionally?

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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 5, 11 6:12 PM