Two hospitalized in Calverton chain reaction crash

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | Two people were hospitalized after four cars crashed on Middle Country Road in Calverton Thursday morning.

Two people, including a pregnant woman, were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after four vehicles crashed on Middle Country Road in Calverton, police said.

The crash occurred about 11:50 a.m. when a driver “took his eyes off the road” and slammed into the back of another vehicle stopped in traffic near Windy Acres farm stand, police at the scene said. The rear-end collision caused the car to crash into another vehicle, which then hit another vehicle, which hit another. Four cars in total were involved in the accident, police said.

A driver of one of the cars was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center with minor neck and back injuries, while a pregnant passenger in another vehicle was hospitalized for observation after the accident, police said.

An officer at the scene interviewed the driver who started the crash and determined he had not been texting when the accident occurred. Police issued no tickets or citations as a result of the incident.

About half an hour later, two vehicles collided at the intersection of Route 58 and Harrison Avenue. No one was seriously injured in the accident, with both drivers walking outside of their cars after the crash.

One of the drivers at the scene complained of neck pain.

The accident caused traffic delays along Old Country Road.