Rental truck flips on Route 48, driver injured

03/31/2014 1:30 PM |
Cutchogue Fire department officials were called to the scene of an overturned vehicle on Route 48 Monday afternoon (Credit: Paul Squire)

Cutchogue Fire department volunteers were called to the scene of an overturned vehicle on Route 48 Monday afternoon (Credit: Paul Squire)

A driver of a rental truck was hospitalized Monday afternoon when the rental truck he was driving flipped on Route 48, Cutchogue fire officials said.

Cutchogue Fire Department Chief Antone Berkoski said a rental box truck riding on worn tires hit an ice patch east of Bridge Lane, causing it to skid, hit a dirt pile, run over a tree and flip onto its side.

The driver became trapped inside, Chief Berkoski said.

Fire department volunteers cut open the top of the truck cab to free the driver, who remained conscious for the duration of the rescue, he said.

“He’s pretty bruised up,” Chief Berkoski said of the driver, adding that the victim suffered back injuries that didn’t appear to be life threatening. A police statement later described his injuries as “minor.”

The driver was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center for treatment.

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