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Nov 26, 2011 11:13 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Cops: Driver In Riverside Crash Fell Asleep Behind Wheel

Nov 29, 2011 11:45 AM

A single-vehicle accident in Riverside that closed a stretch of Flanders Road and knocked out power in the area for a time on Friday afternoon was caused when a motorist fell asleep behind the wheel and hit a utility pole, Southampton Town Police said on Monday.

At 4:27 p.m. on Friday, November 25, police received several calls about an accident on Flanders Road, near the intersection with Ludlam Avenue. A 1994 Chevrolet Caprice station wagon had struck a Long Island Power Authority pole, breaking it into three parts, and live electric wires were strewn across the roadway.

The driver, Christa Tegtmeirguyaux, 57, of Flanders was pulled from the vehicle by passing motorists, police said. She was rushed to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance for injuries that police described as non-life-threatening.

Officers said Ms. Tegtmeirguyaux, who was driving northbound at the time of the accident, told them she had fallen asleep. She did not have any passengers.

No charges were filed in connection with the crash, officers said.

Flanders Road was closed between the Riverside traffic circle and County Road 105 for about three hours on Friday while LIPA crews repaired the wires. Power was out in the vicinity for about a half hour, authorities said.

Crews with the Riverhead and Flanders fire departments assisted at the scene while the road was closed.

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