Two separate car accidents involving eight vehicles caused the Riverhead Fire Department and Riverhead Town Police to jump into action Friday afternoon.
The two calls were received roughly 20 minutes apart, causing officials to divide their resources as they rushed to aid possible victims and clear the roadways.
The first three-vehicle accident, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Pulaski Street and Raynor Avenue, sent multiple people to the hospital with what are believed to not be life-threating injuries, according to officials on the scene. The crash was cleared by 4 p.m.
The second crash involved five vehicles and happened at the intersection of Sound Avenue and Edwards Avenue around 3:50 p.m. According to Riverhead police, a westbound car struck the car in front of it and kept going, hitting three more cars in the eastbound lane.
The accident closed portions of the intersection at Sound Avenue and caused congestion on Edwards near Route 25. Traffic was also slowed eastbound of Route 25 and west of Edwards. No injuries were reported and no charges were filed, according to officials at the scene.
Top photo caption: The scene at Pulaski Street on Friday afternoon. (Grant Parpan photo)