Three women suffered internal injuries after a four-vehicle accident on Route 25 in Laurel Tuesday afternoon.
The Jamesport, Mattituck and Cutchogue fire departments were called to the scene near Laurel Lake Vineyards while traffic was diverted from Route 25.
Police said Virginia McCaffery, 42, of Mattituck was driving west on Route 25 when she had a coughing fit and did not see another car, driven by Noemi Oliva, 27, of Laurel, that was stopped in the westbound lane, while turning left into a driveway.
Ms. McCaffery reportedly hit Ms. Oliva’s car, which caused Ms. Oliva’s car to strike another car, driven by Colleen Merz, 46, of Mattituck, who was heading east on Route 25, and another vehicle in which no one was injured.
All three women suffered internal injuries, according to police. Ms. Oliva was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center by police helicopter, Ms. Merz was taken to Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport by Cutchogue Fire Department and Ms. McCaffery was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead by Mattituck Fire Department.