Head-on collision on Route 25 on Long Island leaves 4 people dead


EAST MARION, LONG ISLAND – Police said a head-on collision on Long Island’s North Fork Friday night left four people dead, according to Newsday.

The accident occurred in the eastbound lane of Route 25 near Truman’s Beach in East Marion.  Investigators said the driver of a 2023 Tesla was going west on the roadway and crashed into an eastbound 2020 Ford Explorer, causing the Explorer to flip and the Tesla to catch fire.  The four occupants were trapped inside the two cars.

The victims were identified as two people in the Tesla, 47-year-old Heath Miller of Greenport and 55-year-old William Price of Wilton, Connecticut, and two people in the Explorer, 80-year-old Peter R. Smith and 66-year-old Patricia A. O’Neill, a couple from Brooklyn.

Police said there were no initial signs of alcohol being a contributing factor in the wreck.  They added that responding firefighters found it difficult to put out the fire in the Tesla due to the vehicle’s lithium battery.

It was not yet clear which person was driving each vehicle. New York State Police were assisting local authorities with the crash investigation.

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