SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY. – A driver was seriously injured in a rear-end vehicle collision that occurred on the Long Island Expressway in Suffolk County, New York, according to a news report from newsday.com. The victim was trapped in his vehicle following the accident, and emergency crews had to work for nearly an hour to free him.
The accident took place in the late morning, near Exit 50 to Bagatelle Road on the Long Island Expressway. Suffolk County police and Newsday report that shortly before 11 a.m., a 2018 Ford van of unknown model was traveling east on the roadway, approaching slowed or stopped traffic in the eastbound lanes. It is not clear why traffic was at a standstill at this time.
Officers say that when the van reached the traffic, the driver failed to slow down and ended up crashing into the back of a 2007 Freightliner box truck. Investigators have not yet determined why the accident occurred. They did not release immediate information about the events that could have contributed to the crash.
The news report indicates that the van was extensively damaged during the accident, and the driver was trapped inside. Newsday reports that Suffolk County Police Emergency Services worked for approximately 50 minutes to extricate the Ford driver, after which he was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital. He was identified as a 30-year-old man from East Islip, New York. His injuries were said to be serious.
The driver of the box truck was identified as a 48-year-old man from Newark, New Jersey. Newsday states that he was not injured in the accident. Neither of the drivers had any passengers with them at the time of the accident.
All of the eastbound lanes on the Long Island Expressway were temporarily closed down following the collision. Investigation is ongoing.
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