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Jun 15, 2012 12:18 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Overturned Camper On Sunrise Highway In Hampton Bays Snarls Traffic For Miles

Jun 19, 2012 6:08 PM

No injuries were reported after a camper overturned on Sunrise Highway in Hampton Bays on Friday morning, forcing the temporary closure of both eastbound lanes and causing heavy traffic delays for several hours.

The estimated 20-foot-long camper overturned at 10:59 a.m. on the Shinnecock Canal bridge when the stabilizing bar connecting it to a truck snapped, according to New York State Police. They, along with emergency workers with the Hampton Bays Fire Department, responded to the accident scene.

On Monday, State Police identified the driver of the truck as Reaz Hawaldar, 40, of Bellport. They said Mr. Hawaldar maintained control of his truck after the bar broke, but the camper he was towing veered sideways and flipped, landing on its side and blocking both eastbound lanes. He was not ticketed and is not facing any charges, according to police.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident.

Both eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway were shut down for about two hours on Friday, and traffic was redirected to Montauk Highway via the Flanders Road exit. Traffic was also snarled in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway due to the police activity. The accident was cleared and both eastbound lanes reopened at 12:50 p.m., State Police said.

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Don't take this the wrong way, but I must ask if this will be an annual occurence?

It's actually a week early for the anniversary of the last one...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 15, 12 12:40 PM
I see 2 heavy-duty tow trucks -Shoreline Towing's- working on righting this overturned HUGE camper right now...thank goodness. Yeah I'm one of the unfortunate ones stuck right behind this rollover, too far past previous exit to back all the way up, sigh. At least I can play on iPhone while waiting for them to clear the road, lol.
I dunno about such things but that camper looks waaay too big for a regular old pick-up truck to have been towing in first place......
By local born and raised (3), hampton bays on Jun 15, 12 1:19 PM
I do know about these things and that is far from a regular old pick-up truck. It is a Ford Super Duty 250 or 350 which is designed for towing. The mirrors are extended for that reason.
Now the towing experience of the driver and what numb nuts move someone may have made to initiate rollover would be interesting to know.
By ICE (1214), Southampton on Jun 15, 12 5:04 PM
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Best "numb nut" move in my personal experience was leaving the village to head west on 39. Made the left and was passing Mobil in the right lane, and next thing I know "numb nuts" makes a right turn from the LEFT lane across the front bumper of my truck, and darts into what is now Deitrich's. Locked up all six wheels so I didn't plow him under.

It's that time of year again, folks...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 15, 12 10:05 PM
Everyone is speeding around trying to get their summer in the hamptons in is what causes most of these incidents in my opinion.
By Summer Resident (251), Manhattan on Jun 16, 12 11:51 PM
Nothing like the "Me Culture"...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 17, 12 7:59 AM
I say that now that this has happened let do something "Hampton " style..lets ban campers from being on the roads,
By typical (63), southampton on Jun 18, 12 8:21 AM
LET'S INSTALL TOLL BOOTHS EASTBOUND AT THE CANAL
By patrickstar (67), hampton bays on Jun 18, 12 8:25 AM
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I've said that for years:)
By sandydog21 (195), Southampton on Jun 18, 12 7:01 PM
Freeholders, and Town taxpayers exempt...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 18, 12 8:08 PM
Guess what I'm coming out there to join all the other 'from away' drivers and add to the conjestion. I'm heading straight to the ocean so clear out and let me thru! And I know where the healthy clam beds are too.
By summertime (589), summerfield fl on Jun 18, 12 8:29 PM
How did the truck end up on the guard rail if the trailer simply got disconnected? I heard this accident happen, and was on the scene before the cops, but this articles description of it doesn't make sense. Read the article again, and than look at the pics--something doesn't look right.
Jun 19, 12 8:01 AM appended by AlwaysLocal
*hint- the truck is facing west in the eastbound lane*
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 19, 12 8:01 AM
My guess would be wobble followed by jack knife /followed by frailer disconnecting from truck/ then followed by truck climbing up the guard rail going backwards with the front wheels turned.
By joeshoreline (2), Hampton bays on Jun 22, 12 4:29 AM
"State Police... said Mr. Hawaldar maintained control of his truck after the bar broke, but the camper he was towing veered sideways and flipped"

That is obviously NOT what happened if he ended up are the guard rail.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 22, 12 1:12 PM
If he didn't "maintain control", he would have been in the canal, rolled over, or even possibly on the other side of the guardrail careening into oncoming traffic.

Pleas get back to us after your trailer loses a stabilizer, and takes you for a ride.



By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 23, 12 1:09 AM
If he wasn't towing a trailer and ended up like that, the term "maintained control" wouldn't be applicable, correct?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 23, 12 12:51 PM
I must agree with Mr. Z. Although something obviously went wrong, the driver was either Skillful or EXTREMELY LUCKY. This incident could have been a whole lot worse!
By local born and raised (3), hampton bays on Jun 23, 12 5:42 AM
I agree with you local born and raised, however the term "maintained control" is misleading. But is the trailer breaks lose and the truck keeps going, shouldn't by the laws of physics, the trailer fall further behind the truck and decrease the chances of the two making contact?
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 23, 12 12:49 PM
Not necessarily. Especially on an incline. Gravity is the law, and should the trailer be traversing a downgrade it can push the truck, or possibly overtake it. It can do that anyway on flat road, via Newton's second law.

It can also perform the equivalent of a "pit maneuver", and spin the towing vehicle out. This can reverse the vehicle's apparent direction of travel. If you look at the widest angle photo of the scene, the trailer came to rest beyond the truck eastbound, after "spinning ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 23, 12 3:36 PM
8 comments devoted to whether the State police described what happened correctly enough to pass muster. Amazing.
By local12 (34), Remsenburg on Jun 24, 12 7:29 PM
And one commenter who can't wrap their mind around the laws of physics.

Simply stunning.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 25, 12 7:26 PM
My point, Mr Z, was that the truck brushed into the guardrail BEFORE the trailer became detached. Don't try to be smug, I was trying to let people understand that this accident did NOT happen how the press reported it. I was on the scene, and heard the driver describe it IN HIS OWN WORDS. Your cockiness is not warranted in this scenario.

Simply stunning.
Jun 26, 12 2:29 PM appended by AlwaysLocal
My inittial point was that the term "maintained control" should not be applicable. But since you insist on fighting everything I say, than I'll continue.
By AlwaysLocal (292), southampton on Jun 26, 12 2:29 PM