At approx. 13:00 hrs. on 07/27/2013 a vehicle traveling east bound on the LIE (Rt. 495) lost control and slammed into a tree on the south side of the expressway just east of the William Floyd Pkwy. (LIE exit 68). The male driver was seriously injured and transported by ground to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. The female passenger who was also seriously injured was MEDEVAC'd by Suffolk County Police Dept. helicopter to Stonybrook University Medical Center. The Ridge F.D. responded to the scene and operated under the command of Chief John Mirando III (05-22-30). S.C.P.D. Hgwy. and 7th Pct. units were also on scene and operated.