Riverhead ambulance volunteer, daughter injured in crash


A Riverhead ambulance volunteer and his daughter were injured Friday afternoon after the pick-up truck they were traveling in struck the back of a delivery truck on Middle Country Road in Calverton, Riverhead town police said.

Ron Rowe was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center, while the daughter, Alyssa, was taken by ambulance to the same hospital, police at the scene said. Mr. Rowe is a former ambulance corps president and current board member.

Police said the two were westbound in a black Chevrolet Silverado at about 5 p.m. when they struck the rear end of a pickup truck for Peter’s Fruit Company driven by Edward Eastman of Mastic, stopped in the road trying to make a left turn. Mr. Eastman was not hurt.

Riverhead firefighters had to cut away the truck’s roof and door to remove the victims, said Sgt. Tim Palmer, adding that the man was conscious and alert.

Sgt. Palmer said both vehicles will be impounded for a safety check. As of 7 p.m., police Middle Country Road west of Edwards Avenue.