SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY- According to Newsday.com, a truck crashed into emergency vehicles that had responded to an earlier collision on the Long Island Expressway. The incident took place on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at about 12:25 a.m. The earlier crash occurred at 11:50 p.m. on Monday and involved two vehicles.
The tractor-trailer rear-ended a fire truck and injured some of the firefighters who were on the truck at the time. The collision caused the large truck to jackknife, at which point it struck a police patrol vehicle as well.
The crash led to the eastbound lanes being closed for several hours before reopening at about 6:20 in the morning.
One of the firefighters was transported to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center.
The driver who struck the emergency vehicles was cited for his “failure to move over for stopped emergency vehicles.”
A fuel spill resulted from the collision, and the Department of Environmental Conservation responded to the scene to aid in the cleanup operation.
Secondary crashes are collisions that take place as “an indirect result of another crash or incident.” Some secondary crashes take place shortly after the initial crash when the traffic slows down in response to the first collision, and some vehicles fail to slow down in time to avoid hitting the slow or stopped traffic.
Another type of secondary crashes is the result of drivers being distracted by the original incident and failing to watch the road. Secondary crashes occur at a rate of one per every 9.9 crashes. Secondary crashes can also result from disabled vehicles, once per 54, and once per every 7.8 vehicle fires.
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