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Feb 6, 2012 6:12 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Ambulances Dispatched To Multi-Car Crash In Hampton Bays

Feb 6, 2012 6:12 PM

Southampton Town Police officers and Hampton Bays ambulance workers were on the scene of a multi-car accident on Monday evening in Hampton Bays, according to a public safety dispatcher.

The accident took place near Ace Hardware on West Montauk Highway shortly before 6 p.m.

Additional details were not immediately available.

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Where's the story?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 6, 12 7:23 PM
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The brief story is right above your impatient comment!

Details will likely be added as they become available!

Get Wheeler Frank.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 6, 12 8:28 PM
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"Brief story" is far too generous.

And it's not a question of impatience, it's a matter if why was it posted when there's nothing to publish?

More than six hours later and there's still no story, no details, no photos -- so what was the point?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 7, 12 12:11 AM
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Frank, the article was posted at 6:12 last night, and your comment is time-stamped at 7:23, one hour and 11 minutes later!

Sometimes I wonder how a man as intelligent and insightful as you appear to be, can be so unrealistic. The details of this article would require feedback from the police, fire department, ambulance crews and so forth. This might take a day or two.

Would you prefer that 27 east post NO ARTICLE until all details are obtained AND verified independently?

"What ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 7, 12 12:24 PM
I passed by that location after this "BRIEF STORY WAS POSTED"and did not see any unusual activity.
By Etians rd (543), Southampton on Feb 7, 12 7:20 AM
Now it's almost 14 hours later and nothing new has been posted. It's getting as bad as the NYC TV stations where they race to get on the air with helicopter pictures of a fire or an accident and they know absolutely nothing about the scene. I don't need someone to describe what I can see with my own eyes.

Get the facts, get them straight, and then publish what you know.
By HBNative (15), Hampton Bays on Feb 7, 12 8:07 AM
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I have a suggestion for you folks. Why don't YOU start a newspaper, get the advertisers and reporters all lined up, then you can start a website too. Once they are all arranged, you can then print or not print anything you so choose!? Only in these Great United States can you actually do that, and you had better start now because you sound uptight!
By VirginiaUSFD (1), Southampton on Feb 7, 12 8:14 AM
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Right on, Virginia.

The Press and 27east do an admirable job, at significant financial cost, to post what they can, when they can. The timing of what is posted here is also related to the weekly cycle of putting together the print edition, and early in the week, stories often take a day or two to develop, especially when the reporters MUST obtain accurate information from the police and fire departments, etc..

In this case, what if NO story had been published, and one of the Patch ...more
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 7, 12 12:18 PM
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Ahhh, yes PBR. "The people are a fickle lot, indeed."
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Feb 7, 12 3:26 PM
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I think that 27 East has made my case for me, PBR et al.

It's now 22½ hours after the original posting, and unless there is fuller information beyond the "MORE" marker that I cannot access, this really wasn't worth posting in the first place.

As for the various apologies and excuses why, I would note that a similar motor vehicle accident "shortly after 11:20 this morning" (see: "Two Taken To Hospital After SUV Rollover In Hampton Bays") has been more fully ...more
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 7, 12 4:53 PM
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"[sigh]" indeed.

Each accident investigation is different, and sometimes reporting ACCURATE facts takes longer.

Why you think that your need to have every reporter and editor march to your drumbeat is bewildering at best.

Keep digging, as it appears you must!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 7, 12 6:29 PM
Sorry for the awkward sentence above.

We all look forward to the new publication,

"The Wheeler Deal" !!!
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 7, 12 6:34 PM
I thought I would never get involved in one of these online debates that seem to drag on and on but I've been sucked in.

I'm not one of those uptight people who can't wait to pounce on The Press as soon as they publish an inaccuracy. If I was impatient, I would sit at home with a scanner in my hand.

I read what I believe is a quality publication and I do so to gain information. In this case, I have more questions than answers.
By HBNative (15), Hampton Bays on Feb 8, 12 8:30 AM
I understand the frustration some of you are feeling that there were unanswered questions with this story. Absolutely, there were. We originally posted the story because we had heard through police broadcasts that the accident was a "five-car pileup." It was the middle of rush hour and we were concerned that it might be a) a serious accident with injuries and b) an impediment to commuter traffic.
As it turned out, the accident was minor, there didn't appear to be any injuries and it was cleaned ...more
By Bill Sutton, Managing Editor (117), Westhampton Beach on Feb 8, 12 8:49 AM
Thank you, Editor Sutton for your explanation of this incidence of how a "non-story" came to be, and of 27 East's policy.

I knew I was onto something, though, when PBR started up with his playground rhetoric, and conjuring up AOL-owned Patch. (Pssst!, PBR: apples and rotten grapes.)
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 8, 12 5:04 PM
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 8, 12 9:43 PM
Re: AOL/Patch relationship:

By PBR (4956), Southampton on Feb 8, 12 9:51 PM
Frank, do you want to know what is a bigger non-story than the story itself? Your childish complaint
By fcmcmann (417), Hampton Bays on Feb 8, 12 10:21 PM
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It may be beyond your understanding of the language, so I'll simply ask, if it's a "bigger non-story," then why your compulsion to make note of it?

You may have to think about that for a while.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 9, 12 2:22 AM
Mr. Wheeler is hereby annointed as Head Fiddler.

Fiddle Fiddle Fiddle
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Feb 9, 12 2:20 PM
You mean, of course, Lyre Lyre Lyre

It is a wise Emperor who knows his instruments.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Feb 9, 12 7:04 PM
Much ado about nothing
By TianaBob (256), S.Jamesport on Feb 10, 12 10:35 PM