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Aug 26, 2009 1:44 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Concrete truck overturns on North Sea Road

Aug 26, 2009 1:44 PM

A concrete truck tipped onto its side and spilled diesel and hydraulic fuel on North Sea Road on Thursday morning, August 20.

The truck driver, a 40-year-old man from Hampton Bays, was making a left-hand turn onto North Sea Road from Sandy Hollow Road when the truck tipped over, coming to rest on its passenger side, according to Southampton Town Police Department Sergeant Michael Zarro. The concrete truck, owned by Serafina Industries of Southampton, was the only vehicle involved in the accident.

After the accident, the truck driver complained of pain in his shoulder and upper arm and was transported to Southampton Hospital, Sgt. Zarro said.

Both diesel fuel and hydraulic fluids leaked onto the road, said Fire Marshal John Rankin, who was at the scene. The Southampton Town Public Safety Office’s Hazmat Unit was dispatched to North Sea Road to clean up the leaks, which they did, he said.

Mr. Rankin said that the sand and debris in the bed of the concrete truck—materials used for building gunite swimming pools—shifted while the driver was making the turn, causing the truck to tip over. Sgt. Zarro said that the truck ended up on its side in the northbound lane and on the shoulder of road. Two tow trucks from Shoreline Towing in Quogue were used to right the concrete truck, Sgt. Zarro said.

Joseph Tortorella, the head of Serafina Industries, said Tuesday that “everyone was fine.”

Southampton Volunteer Ambulance was on scene for two hours before being released.

Both lanes of North Sea Road were closed from Raynor Road to North Sea-Mecox Road for nearly all of Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. until almost 5 p.m., Sgt. Zarro said. Traffic was diverted onto Raynor Road and North Sea-Mecox Road, he added.

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Every day every week we have an accident where the local roads are being closed for four to five hours at a time... slow the *&(k down! And keep those snap on tool trucks, Norsic min ipackers and every other S & P carting truck off the back roads where the are not allowed to be!
By ride the truth wave (125), southampton on Aug 20, 09 4:43 PM
Ride the truth - you are correct. More & more heavy construction trucks are using the back roads & are flying down them because there's no cops back there. This morning alone I passed 8 of them flying down Noyac Road. We've already had two deaths on that road alone this year (that I know of). Yet, no one is doing a thing to calm traffic back there.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Aug 21, 09 9:14 AM
By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Aug 21, 09 1:07 PM
They think because they are part of a certain pool company they have the right to do whatever they want with no consequences. I know they even let drivers with multiple dwi's drive their trucks - they don't care as long as they get the all mighty buck. I have seen their chlorine trucks flying at speeds well over 50 in a 35 mile an hour zone. Maybe they should give these drivers a class on road safety. Stay away from me on the roads!
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Aug 22, 09 7:42 AM
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i drive a large heavy truck in your neighborhood every day.i will tell you this I DO THE SPEED LIMIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.and watch your fancy cars pass me on the shoulder,all day long.beeping your horns because i am going to slow.now that i have read this,be shore you dont want to get stuck behide me now.i will be up front smiling back at you in the mirror.
By wicked (1), f on Aug 22, 09 12:24 PM
I agree with wicked - stay off their tails, especially since it's so hard to see you unless you can see their mirrors in most cases. My friend is a safe truck driver.
And wicked - I do the same thing in my little pos car - someone starts honking or riding my tail I WILL slow down. LOL
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Aug 22, 09 1:56 PM
Of course the trucks want to hit the back roads; the drivers of normal vehicles do it all the time to avoid traffic: why shouldn't they. If they want to avoid traffic, that's fine by me.
Now that I have said that, I also would like to add that I want the speed limits strictly enforced. I'm tired of seeing people doing 50 in a 35 on County road 39. I'm sick of people speeding up and changing lanes to keep people from pulling out. These antics have got to stop if we want our roads to be safer.
By shsilver (3), Southampton on Aug 28, 09 4:02 PM
You consider North Sea Rd. and Sandy Hollow back roads ?
By AndersEn (174), Southampton on Aug 28, 09 11:02 PM
this is just one example of why we need to make gunite and concrete and gas supply tanks locally so we dont need to have these heavy trucks using are highways and back road to avoid traffic. we can make these products here in bridgehampton to save fuel and traffic. have you ever driven next to a cement truck going 60 mph down the hwy it scary and thats why i want to make it here in bridgehampton,but 3 people that live near by my plant that want to stop me have never driven down the hwy next ...more
By take our town back (10), southampton on Dec 25, 09 6:41 PM