A 20-year-old man who was allegedly speeding on the Southern State Parkway Sunday night was seriously injured when his vehicle left the roadway, overturned, and took out a large section of a guardrail and a tree.
The Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched shortly before midnight to the eastbound side of the parkway between Exits 17 and 18. Upon arrival, Lakeview Fire Chief Heather Senti found an overturned four-door sedan in a wooded area along the roadway. The car had taken out a 20-foot section of guardrail, four railroad ties that had been holding it in place, and a large tree before finally coming to a stop against a stump and another large tree.
A crew of firefighters aboard Lakeview's 413 rescue pumper deployed multiple hydraulic tools and stabilized the vehicle. Within 15 minutes, they were able to extricate the driver through his side door. He was transported to Winthrop University Hospital as a trauma patient.
After receiving reports from Nassau County Police that there may have been additional victims, Lakeview firefighters used their thermal imaging camera to search the wooded area and underneath the vehicle, but found no one.
According to witnesses who stopped to help, including an ex-captain and EMT from the Baldwin Volunteer Fire Department, the driver was allegedly racing with another vehicle when he lost control of his car while turning near Exit 18.