UPDATE: Police Say Driver Died After East Hampton Village Crash

The name of the male victim has not been released yet.

Update, 4:35 p.m.: East Hampton Village police announced that one man died in the head-on accident that occured on Montauk Highway, just east of Green Hollow Road on Thursday morning. 

The names of the victims have not been released, pending notification of their family members.

Police are continuing to investigate the accident. The were brought in to help with the accident reconstruction.

Update, 4:23 p.m.: Police Chief Jerry Larsen says Montauk Highway, near Green Hollow Road, where the accident occurred in East Hampton Village on Thursday, will be opened in about 15 minutes.

Update, 2:10 p.m.: East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said one man was taken to Southampton Hospital with serious injuries when his car was involved in a head-on crash on Montauk Highway, near Green Hollow Road, on Thursday at about 11:45 a.m.

The name of the man, who was extricated from his car, has not yet been released. The ambulance company transported him to Southampton Hospital.

Larsen said that two people in the car were taken to Southampton Hospital with minor injuries. They were transported by . The two others were traveling in opposite directions on Montauk Highway, he said.

The chief said the accident also involved two other vehicles. He believes they may have hit each other in an attempt to avoid the initial crash. They were not injured.

The highway is still closed in the area around the accident while police take measurements for an accident reconstruction. He said it should be opened by 3 p.m.

Previously: A two-car accident on Montauk Highway in East Hampton Village on Thursday has shut down the highway in both directions.

The was dispatched to Montauk Highway and Green Hollow Road at about 11:45 a.m. Fire Chief Thomas Bono said firefighters had to extricate one man from a vehicle.

While at least one person was injured and a Medevac helicopter was initially called, it was eventually cancelled.

The road has remained closed as are investigating.

Bono said 30 to 40 firefighters responded to the accident with the heavy rescue truck and a fire engine, as well as fire police vehicles.

Check back for more updates as they become available.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to reflect that a Medevac was cancelled and no one was airlifted.

K Maguire August 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
It is really scary out there this year on the roads. I grew up spending summers in Montauk (40 yrs) and this was the first summer I was truly concerned about putting my family/young children on the roads out there. It is chaos for many of the reasons mentioned above. I was not sad to leave this past July for the less chaotic roads of my hometown which, ironically, is also a tourist destination. I am not sure what the answer is but the problems are beginning to outweigh the enjoyment at times. I will be back in Sept when hopefully life will be more pleasant out there.
K Maguire August 10, 2012 at 02:44 AM
@YesYes- agreed! That is exactly why I am not giving up my Navigator and we don't take our other car out there.
local Business owner August 10, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Definatly no more traffic lights. That's half the backed up traffic problem
anonymous August 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
well viralgrain, you want to play a war on words. how about no fault not no falt.. i was typing with an infant in my arm what was your excuse. i never said anything about no fault i simply meant you can't make an assumption when an accident happens. there many careless and distracted drivers on the road i am not disagreeing one bit. i also never said you couldn't say what you thought that is the other great thing about living in the u.s. we all have our own opinions. but my family has had an "accident" and there was no specific cause found after an investigation. and we have to live with the aftermath as well. you have a right to your own opinion but so do i. next time i will make sure to use the dictionary and put the baby down. just remember investigation don't always find a cause to the affect that happened and people also have to live with the consequences to their own actions. there are other distractions like sun glare, animals, joggers etc.... it isn't always HUMAN ERROR. not always
East Hampton August 10, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Why is it that when there is a tragic accident, there is always fighting and whos to blame. There are family's grieving and as a community we should all show support and not make judgments
local Business owner August 10, 2012 at 11:37 AM
This is not a mourning blog. It's a place to comment on current events. A place to discuss what's going on. Not to make judgements but to discuss factual possibilities.
pat August 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM
You need some professionalism out here, eliminate the rhetoric and attitude of "we can hang by our fingernails" as the GOP-led Town Board seems to think. That is very lazy for a group that pegs itself as professionals in business etc. Get some law/traffic enforcement professionals to look at our roads and do what they can to make them able to handle the huge upswing in drivers we have in the summer. Can we get some grown-ups here?
Donna Dazzo August 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Taylor, I think you or someone on your staff should write an article about the number of deaths from automobile accidents on the East End relative to the population amount over the last few years. I would say it's very high compared to the rest of Long Island and elsewhere. Just two weeks ago someone was killed on Route 114 in a head on collision. Maybe this will scare some people. It scares me. I drive to the Hamptons from the city and vice versa on the LIE all the time and feel my odds are greater being killed in an auto accident on the East End than on the LIE.
DasK August 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
When there is an auto accident I would say it may not be ALWAYS, but 99.9 percent driver ERROR, carelessness or just plain aggressive foolishness! I have been driving for 50 years and have never been in an accident of my causing. (Have been hit from behind twice) I have avoided hundreds of accidents as most have. Have avoided hitting well over 100 deer and animals out here...as most have. Have been aware of and known what joggers,bikes and walkers can cause to happen on our sidewalk less streets.and act and drive accordingly. Sun glare causes slower speeds defensive shading and more caution. There are NO excuses. I was a race driver and am not a timid driver, but alert 360 degrees all the time, even aware of what's flying overhead!. Never touch a phone, always have BOTH hands on the wheel. OKAY... how many TANK, SUV, Navigator and Escalade drivers have the faintest idea how to control their 3 ton killing machines which these 125 pounders try to drive with ONE hand, while looking at and talking on cell phones, brushing hair, doing make up, switching radio stations etc? ALL while thinking they are ENTITLED to the entire road and all others are in their way. How many can't hold even ONE drink, but get in these vehicles and drive anyway. I personally wouldn't give a "passing grade" for driving to 80% of those on the road, and that's not a number out of a hat.
DasK August 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
NEW subject. There are PLENTY of cops on the roads out here, and with the sizes of our small town forces, they are doing ALMOST the best job they can. I would say hiding at obscure corners to catch people "rolling" through ill placed stop signs MAY be a small waste of policing time, But in general their tactics are the best they can do with 10,000 extra vehicles on the summer roads.
amy salle August 10, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I find myself commenting AGAIN!!!!! I drive from WH to Wainscott everyday and back in the PM. The amount of accidents and fatalities this year is out of control!! The large trucks on the back roads and people speeding, passing cars on 114 and people using their cell phones! This has nothing to do with politics, wrong or right! This has to do with the amount of people on the East End driving recklessly and not paying attention. It is completely out of hand! You are not in a club, beauty salon or library! You are in a car!! Put the phones down, slow down and DRIVE!!!!!!
DasK August 10, 2012 at 01:32 PM
here's a fool trying to bring the stupidity of left verses right, assinine politics into a discussion where it certainly does NOT belong!!!
Daniel August 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
After your comments on another accident string you have either learned your lesson & still not apologized ... Or you are the biggest hypocrite alive
S.B. Bonacker August 10, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I'm convinced that cell phone use & texting behind the wheel has been the cause of many of these accidents. Enough is enough. Time to get some strict/zero-tolerance laws and hefty fines in place for people who do this. Maybe the highways out here can have "Jammers" installed all along them to stop this insanity. People just can't control themselves and there are tragic consequences almost every day!
A Huge Jerk August 10, 2012 at 02:15 PM
This has less to do with speed and distracted driving and more to do with poorly designed roads and highways. Everyone wants to hold on to their backwoods country lane. You can hold on to your traffic fatalities then, too. Don't want to give up a 15 foot easement into your property that is on the side of the road for a shoulder? Alright, well you can keep the dead body or seven that will eventually end up on your property when a cyclist, baby-stroller, car, or whatever gets hit.
s daniels August 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Totally out of control here. Driving the other night and a bit over the limit when a car comes up behind me flashing its brights like a madman. I just pulled over because I am tired of the bs of these drivers. What did the jerk gain - 50 feet to the red light. Now wonder so many people are getting killed.
Yes Yes August 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
@DasK "3 ton killing machines" Really!? My point is simple... I will watch out for my family first. It's a war on the roads and we need to do whatever we can to stay safe... If that means driving a "3 ton killing machine" so be it. Just stay the hell away from me in the road.
frederico August 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The problem of 27 is lack of expressway and improving urban design through the Hamptons. Too many side roads, traffic lights, crosswalk, we drive from 50 to 30 Mls/hr to 0Mls/hr. Being distracted by a phone yes however when the traffic slow down it is safer/easier to get on the phone & get distracted. Experienced drivers & phone users can slightly manipulate phones on low speed traffic and drive just like tuning radio. 70 Mls/hr on an expressway is safer than 30 on East 27 because it is designed to be safer. Our town locals refuse alternative to preserve the character of the Hamptons like it used to be before on horse and carriage without improving urban design & night lights. There is enough room for an expressway from Southampton to Amagansett to avoid the villages and the back up traffic. It would serve majority of the local business and weekenders. The lack of reliable & fast public transportation (town cab, street car, buses,) between villages aren't helping to keep the cars off the road. (forget the train) Homes are too far from none existing public transport and the towns didn't built safe pedestrian path in our neighborhood to keep us safe. So it is a broad problem involving more on my opinion L.I. DOT and local authorities. Overall it is a consequence of living in a less public fund society, forcing for individualist in a car driving through bad urban design.
DasK August 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
PERFECT!! Just what I am talking about. All those TANK drivers who think they are at war with everyone else who gets in their way! When you hit someone with your TANK because of YOUR foolish, selfish, bad driving, THEY will die NOT you!. You and your kind should stay the hell away from here. Go to IRAQ and drive your TANKS!
Quinten August 10, 2012 at 02:58 PM
ViralGrain, you spelled FAULT and RIGHT wrong as well.....
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
The man's name has been released: http://easthampton.patch.com/articles/cops-developer-gregg-sauders-killed-in-thursday-crash
Yes Yes August 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
@DasK I’m sorry you mis understood my very simple point. You said “because of YOUR foolish, selfish, bad driving” and “You and your kind should stay the hell away from here” To be clear I don’t feel entitled about anything other then keeping my family safe. So I guess that makes me a hazard to others? I’m unclear as you what you mean by “Your kind” Do you mean a person or persons born and raised locally because that would apply here. Maybe war was not the right word… War-like might be a better term, as the roads feel “war-like” lately… I don’t think I’m at war because that would make me crazy… Also, I hope I never hit anyone human or otherwise. When I said “Just stay the hell away from me in the road.” I should have said, “Just stay the hell away from me (on) the road.” I can see how that could fuel your smug, self-righteousness and sweeping generalizations. Sorry to cut this short but I need to get back to the “war” bub…
Yes Yes August 10, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Yes Yes
A Huge Jerk August 10, 2012 at 04:09 PM
SUVs are not inherently safer (they are, in fact, less safe) than modern cars and crossover vehicles. Bigger is not better, in this case. This has to do with the style of construction (body-on-frame vs. unibody construction with crumple zones) of typical SUVs, as well as stability and visibility concerns. An SUV hitting a stationary object at high speed will (warning: generalization) transmit far more kinetic energy directly to passengers than a car with crumple zones. That's not a positive thing.
Jean Weiss-Hanson August 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Yes Yes August 10, 2012 at 04:47 PM
you say tomato, I say tomahto
K Maguire August 11, 2012 at 03:25 AM
@Dask- if people choose larger vehicles for their family for whatever reasons (safety, cargo, etc) that is their perogative. How many of the accidents this summer involved large SuVs anyway? I am honestly not sure, but when I look at the pictures from this summer's tragedies, the cars look like sedans or smaller. I have a perfect driving record by the way, in my NAVIGATOR.
Bruno Giufurta August 11, 2012 at 02:10 PM
The bottom line...You can kill more people in an instant with a car than a loaded handgun.or weapon. I knew this gentleman, killed in this crash from childhood and can only express sadness and my condolences to his friends and family.
MT/Sag Harbor August 11, 2012 at 05:06 PM
OMG, life is short in the Hamptons if you use the highways and even the backroads...if you never wore your seatbelt, wear it now and add a helmet to it....you are taking your life in your hands even for a short ride to the beach..you just may not make it...and we worry about sharks in the water???
Beth August 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I agree with your observation. Grew up on canyon raids in California--no room for error AT ALL, or we'd go off a cliff. Been driving out here for 21 years. The drivers have become more aggressive, but there are MORE of them, as well.


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