Billy Joel Injured In Car Accident

Joel, 53, driving on Route 114 in Sag Harbor when he lost control of car, slammed into tree.

Billy Joel suffered minor head injuries Saturday night in a car accident in far eastern Long Island, New York, and stayed overnight in a hospital before being released.

Joel, 53, was driving his blue 2002 Mercedes Benz on Route 114 in Sag Harbor when he lost control of his car and slammed into a tree. Paramedics removed the piano man from the vehicle and took him by ambulance to East Hampton Airport, where he was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said Joel was flown to the facility because it was unclear how seriously he was hurt at the time of the accident. The spokesperson wouldn't detail Joel's injuries, but said he was in satisfactory condition upon release.

Joel was alone in his car when he crashed, and faces no charges. Police did not give him a Breathalyzer test, and no further investigation is planned, the Associated Press reported.

Last summer, Joel lost control of his car in East Hampton and hit a fire well and post. He suffered minor lacerations and bruises, but refused medical attention, Newsday reported. A week later, Joel checked into a substance abuse rehab center in New Canaan, Connecticut (see "Billy Joel In Hospital For 'Personal Problem' ").