HOLBROOK, Long Island, New York — Suffolk County police, along with Holbrook fire personnel, responded to reports of an overturned garbage truck on Veterans Memorial Highway. Three people were reportedly injured, and one of those injured was believed to be in serious condition according to a report appearing in Newsday. Suffolk County police accident investigators said that one of the garbage truck’s tires suffered a blowout, which sent the truck into the grassy center median strip, causing the truck to roll over. Fortunately, none of the injuries were reported to be life-threatening.
Suffolk County police and other first responders received a call for an emergency around 11:18 a.m. and raced to aid the driver along with two passengers in a garbage truck that flipped over while traveling easterly on Veterans Memorial Highway near the intersection of Coates Avenue. Upon examination of the scene and calling in Suffolk County police department’s Motor Carrier Safety Section to aid in the investigation, officers determined that one of the tires on the truck failed catastrophically. The blow out caused the vehicle to veer hard to the left and into the grassy median, where the garbage truck overturned.
Authorities said that the owners of the garbage truck are a private company. The police did not say whether all three of those people who were injured in the crash were employed by the private company. Furthermore, the police did not discuss the nature of the injuries the occupants of the truck sustained except to say that none of the injuries were suspected to be life-threatening.
The crash reaped havoc on the local traffic. Suffolk police closed the Veterans Memorial Highway eastbound for almost 12 hours as crews cleared debris and officers conducted their investigation. They reopened the road completely sometime after 10 p.m. Officers do not plan on issuing any citations or criminal summonses to the driver for the accident.
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