Three individuals, including a local fire chief, suffered injuries following a crash in Hauppauge, according to local sources. New York authorities on Long Island responded to the car accident, which reportedly involved a passenger vehicle and the fire chief’s SUV. The crash is said to have occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 26. So far no charges have been filed.
The accident report states that the passenger vehicle, carrying one man and one passenger, was headed southbound on Route 111 when the accident occurred. For some reason, the passenger vehicle struck the SUV, which was traveling in an unknown direction at the time. The force of the impact was sufficient to trap all three individuals in the vehicle that each occupied. It took several hours for authorities to cut them out.
The fire chief suffered moderate injuries not believed to be life-threatening and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the car suffered similar injuries, and the passenger’s injuries were reportedly more serious. All three appear to be in stable condition at this time. Police are still not sure what caused the crash, which is still under investigation as of this report.
New York police will continue their investigation until a reason for the car accident is uncovered. Depending on which driver is deemed to have been at fault for the crash, the other individuals involved may choose to file personal injury suits against that driver. These civil suits would be independent of any criminal charges stemming from the investigation, though would still require evidence of negligence on the part of the driver to have a chance of success in court.
Source: CBS New York, “3 Injured In Hauppauge Crash, Including Stony Brook Fire Chief“, Feb. 26, 2015