Sag Harbor emergency service workers blocked off Main Street in the village from Carruthers Alley north to Bay Street shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday morning as they attempted to free a woman whose hand was stuck under the seat of her late model BMW SUV.
A crowd of people waiting to get into the Grindstone coffee and donut shop looked on from the sidewalk as members of the Sag Harbor Fire Department’s heavy rescue crew, the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and village police tried to figure out a way to free the woman’s hand without causing too much damage to her vehicle.
They succeeded in their mission after about a half hour of work. In the meantime, traffic was diverted down Carruthers Ally and onto Division Street, which was already backed up bumper to bumper in the northbound lane.
Police Chief Austin J. McGuire said it was the second time in a week that someone had gotten their hand stuck under the seat of their vehicle. Village police were called to Jermain Avenue at about 1 a.m. on June 27 to assist a man whose hand got stuck after he dropped his phone and tried to retrieve it.