Week in Review: Poles Taken Down in Separate Accidents

Also: Amagansett Fire District budgets $100,000 for new EMS program.

A pole crushed an SUV on Thursday morning sending one to the hospital and outages throughout the area.
A pole crushed an SUV on Thursday morning sending one to the hospital and outages throughout the area.
Take a look back at the week that was.

1. SUV Takes Down Pole, Causes Outages in Springs

An accident in Springs early Thursday morning sent the driver to the hospital and caused a power outage for about 200 customers.

A sport utility vehicle struck a utility pole on Church Lane, near Springs Fireplace Road, at about 5:20 a.m. The pole, which had a transformer on it, came down and landed on the roof of the SUV.

2. Amagansett Moves Toward Paid EMS Service; Montauk To Continue Program

More paid emergency medical service personnel are coming to the Town of East Hampton.

The Amagansett Fire District is moving forward with its own program, while the Montauk Fire District builds on the success of its paid service, the first ever east of Southampton.

This summer, Montauk hired one paid Advanced Life Support provider to be on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from June 15 to Sept 15. Montauk Fire District Commissioner Joseph Dryer said the program worked so well that the board extended an abbreviated version into the autumn from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and they budgeted to continue the program in 2014.

3. DEC Says 4 Fishermen Face Felony Charges for Spearing Striped Bass

Four fishermen, including two from Montauk and one from East Hampton, are accused of spearing more than 70 fish in Block Island Sound in August.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced on Tuesday that the fishermen have been charged with four felonies related to the illegal spearing of striped bass.

4. Portion of Montauk Highway in Wainscott Closed for 11 Hours

After a tractor trailer took down a pole on Montauk Highway in Wainscott on Saturday morning, drivers were diverted down back roads for about 11 hours while utility workers cleaned up the mess.

Mark Gross, a spokesperson for the Long Island Power Authority, said LIPA responded quickly after the pole caught on fire. No one was hurt.

5. County Approves $2 Million for Long Lane Reconstruction

Long Lane, home to East Hampton High School, is going to get a much needed facelift, particularly to improve flooding conditions during heavy rains.

The Suffolk County Legislature recently approved $2 million in funding to reconstruct Country Road 59, known as Long Lane, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced on Wednesday. The project will include improving drainage, reconstruction of the existing recharge basin, reconstruction of the road, and new pavement markings and signage.


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