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Aug 17, 2014 9:31 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

County Road 39 Reopened Following Two-Car Crash Sunday Morning

Aug 18, 2014 8:57 AM

Five people were treated for minor injuries on Sunday morning following a two-car crash that temporarily closed two lanes on County Road 39.

One lane in each direction was closed at the Tuckahoe Lane intersection for approximately 10 minutes while the scene was cleared, according to Southampton Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Chris Brenner. Five people were taken via Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance and the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance to Southampton Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

The accident occurred at around 7:45 a.m. and both lanes have since been reopened.

Southampton Town Police, New York State Troopers, the Southampton Fire Department, Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, and the Southampton Volunteer Ambulance were all on scene. SVVA Chief Rick Fowler was in charge on scene for the village ambulance crew.

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... I think there is something wrong with County Road 39. It seems that it is closed down 3-4 times per week due to accidents that injure people and snarl traffic. The road widening program undertaken a few years ago was a temporary fix as promised by the politicos in charge at the time, Heaney/Kabot.

No shoulder, purposely engineered narrow lanes, limited sidewalks and heavily trafficked business entrance/exits make this road a nightmare. I would guess that statistically it is one of the ...more
By William Rodney (561), southampton on Aug 17, 14 11:50 AM
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The problem is not the road.

The problem is the people.

Blaming things is easy. Educating is hard.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 17, 14 4:32 PM
They know this Suffolk County road is a nightmare, who knows if anything will ever be done. When no accidents occur it does move along, much better then prior to the completion date of spring 2008 when traffic was backed up daily west of the canal.
By reg rep (408), Southampton on Aug 17, 14 4:42 PM
I didn't see this accident but I was on a popert near Co Rd 39 and I heard it. Screeching tires of a car braking and then a very loud boom. It sounded real bad. Glad no one was seriously hurt. Traffic was not bad at 7:30 am. Wondering what the cause of the accident was.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Aug 17, 14 9:59 PM
Mr.Z. please stop saying it is the people and not the road. We are the same people driving elsewhere without a problem. This road stinks and is putting our lives at risk.
By Infoseeker (280), Hampton Bays on Aug 17, 14 11:02 PM
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People put their lives at risk disobeying the speed limit. People put their, and others lives at risk overriding the timing engineers prescribed to allow for vehicle operators to make a left turn via TRAFFIC LIGHT TIMING.

The safety rules have been provided. The "problem' is that they are not adhered to.

I disregard your plea as a professional, and as a qualified member of the million mile club.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Aug 18, 14 12:40 AM
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More traffic lights, timed to permit a maximum speed of 35 MPH would do wonders, as suggested many times to deaf ears. From the Lobster Inn to the Napeague Stretch.

You know, from the movie Cars:

"Control them and they will crash less!"

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 18, 14 6:58 AM
CR39 would have been a great road to use in the movie As Good As It Gets, with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt. It ain't perfect by a long shot but is the road we got.

Deal with it.

There ain't ever going to be a new highway to replace it, at least not in the next 20 years,

Scoot trains blah blah blah.

Taking personal responsibility, driving sober, controlling our fellow "human beings" (using the term generously) who want to kill us . . .

Now you're on ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Aug 18, 14 8:16 AM
Working on this road is suicide. I hate when I get calls here.

----local utility worker----
By J Feces (13), Hampton bays on Aug 18, 14 9:30 PM
I was driving on that road about the time of the accident. Everyone driving 50 plus
except a few and I do mean "few" law abiding citizens with the speeders cutting in and out. So it is the people driving recklessly and the police force not cracking down on these speeders. Ever wonder why no one speeds in Quogue?
By pcone (28), hampton bays on Aug 19, 14 8:15 AM
By Shinnecock Hills family (59), Southampton on Aug 24, 14 12:26 AM