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Three Injured After Pickup Truck Crashes Into Suffolk County Home

A pickup truck was launched into a home after the driver suffered a medical event.
A pickup truck was launched into a home after the driver suffered a medical event. Photo Credit: Riverhead Fire Department

Three people were injured when a pickup truck crashed through the front of a house on Long Island.

The crash took place around 1:11 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24 in Suffolk County when the driver of a 1993 Ford pickup truck traveling westbound on West Main Street in Riverhead appears to have suffered a medical event causing him to lose control of the vehicle, Riverhead Police said. 

The truck left the roadway, hit an embankment, and went airborne, crashing into the house at 1381 W. Main St., according to police.

The driver and a passenger were trapped inside the pickup truck, which was almost completely embedded in the front of the residence and had caught fire, said Riverhead Ex-Chief Nicholas Luparella.

Riverhead police and firefighters descended on the scene of the crash, put out the fire, stabilized the vehicle, and extricated its occupants, Luparella said.

"A resident said she had just walked out of the kitchen when she heard what sounded like an explosion as the vehicle came through the wall and into the kitchen," Luparella said.

 Her 12-year-old son was in the other front room, she said. 

Both were shaken but not seriously injured and were able to safely evacuate. 

The truck inside the home.

Riverhead Fire Department

Police said one person inside the home was treated at the scene by Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance and was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was also treated at the scene by RVAC and taken to a hospital for further treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The passenger was treated at the scene by RVAC and transported by a Suffolk County Police Medevac helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said. 

The helicopter landed in the parking lot of Tanger 3. RVAC transported one patient to the helicopter.

Riverhead Police Department detectives and the Riverhead fire marshal were called to investigate.

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