Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours early yesterday (Jan. 26) after smashing his car into a tree along a highway on far eastern Long Island. A hospital spokesman confirmed that the singer wa

Billy Joel was hospitalized for several hours early yesterday (Jan. 26) after smashing his car into a tree along a highway on far eastern Long Island. A hospital spokesman confirmed that the singer was released Sunday morning but would not comment on Joel's injuries.

The 53-year-old artist had swerved into the tree as he was driving his Mercedes-Benz in Sag Harbor, N.Y., late Saturday, Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Thomas Fabiano said. No charges were filed, police Officer Hugh Caulfield said. Joel wasn't given a Breathalyzer test, which measures blood alcohol levels, he said.

Joel was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where a hospital spokesman said he arrived around midnight and was released around 7:30 a.m.

Last summer, he voluntarily checked into a substance abuse and psychiatric center at New Canaan, Conn., reportedly after becoming "very depressed" when a respiratory infection forced him to cut short a tour with fellow piano player Elton John. He told People magazine in July that he had begun "what I ultimately realized was a prolonged period of overindulgence. I don't want to get any more specific."

Joel was also involved in a motorcycle accident on Long Island in 1983.

As previously reported, Joel and John will team up again this year, and are set to launch a tour Feb. 21 in Birmingham, Ala.


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