Three children were injured when the car they were riding in swerved off the road and struck a tree Sunday morning after the driver accidentally made a wrong turn into oncoming traffic in Calverton, police said.
A 17-year-old was driving a blue Honda Civic east on Route 25 in Calverton with her mother and two siblings about 11:10 a.m. when she tried to follow another car making an illegal left turn north onto Route 25A, police said. The teen, who was unfamiliar with the area, thought the oncoming turning lane was her turning lane and “panicked” when she saw oncoming traffic, police at the scene said.
The Civic swerved off the road, fell into a ditch and hit a tree on the east side of Route 25A, police said.
The three children in the car, two young kids and a teenager, were taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center by Wading River and Riverhead ambulance volunteers for treatment of minor injuries, emergency officials said. The mother was not injured in the crash, police at the scene said.
Police briefly closed the road while the accident scene was being cleared. By 11:45 a.m., the roads were reopened.