Multiple accidents, icy roads force road closures across Riverhead area

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Motorists on Main Road in Aquebogue were driving cautiously heading both east and west around 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Update: The Riverhead Free Library and Tanger Outlets both closed at 5 p.m. today. All night classes at Suffolk County Community College were canceled, as well.

Icy streets have caused multiple car accidents and the closing of several roads in the area Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

County Road 105 has been closed between Flanders Road and Main Road, Center Drive near the County Center courts complex in Riverside is closed and County Road 51 is closed from the County Center to Eastport-Manor Road in Eastport, authorities said.

Southampton Town Police Sergeant Lisa Costa said officers in that department were responding to eight accidents in the Flanders and Riverside area on Tuesday afternoon. Riverhead Police said there was four accidents on County Road 105 alone.

A car reportedly rolled over near the County Center just after 2 p.m. The accident required “heavy rescue” according to an alert from the Riverhead Fire Department. And another accident requiring heavy rescue was reported about 4 p.m. where Route 25 meets the Long Island Expressway.

The National Weather Service is predicting freezing rain tonight and tomorrow.

A high of 40 degrees is predicted for Wednesday, with ice accumulation of less than an inch.

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