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Sep 8, 2009 5:38 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Car crashes into utility pole on Montauk Highway in Southampton

Sep 8, 2009 5:38 PM

A car crashed into a utility pole along Montauk Highway in Southampton last Thursday afternoon, snarling traffic for several hours as rescue workers removed the driver from the vehicle and the Long Island Power Authority replaced the pole.

The accident occurred at 3 p.m. Thursday, September 3. The victim, Albert Ryan, 52, of Sag Harbor was driving his Dodge Intrepid westbound on Montauk Highway, just past the Hills Station Road intersection, when he crossed over the eastbound lane and struck a telephone pole head on, according to police.

Southampton Fire Department Heavy Rescue propped up the utility pole, which was cracked at the base, so it would not fall completely over as firefighters and ambulance volunteers removed the driver from the car and put him in an ambulance. Fire Chief Roy “Buddy” Wines IV said the electrical lines on the utility pole were still “live” when the man was removed from his vehicle.

Chief Wines said the driver was conscious and alert when firefighters arrived and had no apparent injuries. As a precaution, the man was taken to Southampton Hospital via Southampton Volunteer Ambulance.

Though the car was somewhat crushed by the pole, rescue workers were able to remove the victim from his vehicle by opening the driver’s side door, Chief Wines said.

Southampton Fire Department Fire Police, Southampton Town Police and Stony Brook University Police diverted traffic around the accident.

Brendan O’Reilly

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I was trying to get to the ocean and traffic was crazy as they shut down the highway; glad no one was hurt
By williedynamite (1), Shinnecock on Sep 3, 09 10:48 PM
Josephene, your obviously very young so I wil educate you - comments like that are best kept to yourself - they make you sound uncaring and I hope that is'nt the case.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Sep 4, 09 8:36 AM
lucky there was no oncoming traffic when he crossed the double yellow. could have been alot worse
By C Law (354), Water Mill on Sep 4, 09 8:50 AM
A traffic light is badly needed at this intersection
By deKooning (106), southampton on Sep 4, 09 9:46 AM
more traffic lights are never the answer-moe safe drivers is always the answer
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Sep 4, 09 10:40 AM
Enough already of asking for more traffic lights. This place is going to turn into Manhattan with a light at every corner and it will take hours to get from one end of town to another. This is the country - peole have to drive slow. There are deer crossing the roads and other dangers. Drive slow or crash!
By darwin (47), southampton on Sep 4, 09 12:52 PM
Look, they are planning 2 more traffic lights, 1 where not even needed. This was a case of a guy hitting the pole - was drugs or alcohol involved, or did he simply pass out from a medical problem.? We may never know but STOP WITH TRAFFIC LIGHTS!!!! Unless the town wants to pay for my gas ;-)
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Sep 4, 09 1:02 PM
There was a real reason why the town put that police car billboard near the intersection in question... based on real data. Unfortunately , that approach failed.

How many people will have to die before this light goes in? Quite a few have already in the past few years ,at this intersection. You guys want to save money? Do the right thing and put in the light now.
By deKooning (106), southampton on Sep 4, 09 1:12 PM
I really don't think adding traffic lights in the middle of nowhere equates to more safety. People need to know how to drive. I'm on these roads daily and would hate to be slowed down by a light for no reason. Although a Sebring is a normal-sized car, notice a lot of these accidents are with SUVs? I think some people just can't handle the larger car models as well out in the "country."
By Mr Suffolk (113), Twin Forks on Sep 4, 09 1:18 PM
OOPS -- my mistake --- I thought we we talking about Hills Station and Rt.27/Rt.39
By deKooning (106), southampton on Sep 4, 09 1:37 PM
Darn it deKooning ! I thought you were being sarcastic and I loved it ! Look how many other piled on about "Traffic Lights" even though this accident took place on a clear stretch of road ! They are like sheep - plat a tiny thought in their heads and away they go ! Hee-Hee !
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Sep 5, 09 3:18 PM
I have lived 1/2 mile from here for fifty years. There is no need for a traffic light. The accident happend after the driver rounded the sgarp corner at Hill Station Road and lost control crossing iver to other side of highway. It is evident that the driver was driving too fast. This accident has nothing to do with any intersection.
By Walt (292), Southampton on Sep 12, 09 1:12 AM