All lanes of the Long Island Expressway (NY) reopened Thursday following a chain reaction of fiery crashes that killed one person and injured 33 others, reports the Associated Press.
Police said a tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles about 70 miles east of New York City, setting off a series of accidents that left nearly three dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes.
At least three vehicles, including the tractor-trailer, which was carrying storm debris, caught fire and smoldered into the early evening, a fire official said.
The westbound lanes reopened before Thursdayâs morning rush hour. Despite its remote location far from the city, the closure of the highway snarled traffic throughout Long Island well into Wednesday evening.
Police on Thursday identified the woman killed in the crash as 68-year-old Christa Zepf of Blue Point. She was driving a Toyota Camry eastbound on the expressway and was killed at the scene, police said. The injured were taken to three area hospitals.
The cause of the accident hadnât been determined, and no charges had been filed related to it. A police spokeswoman said Thursday it was uncertain how long the investigation might take.
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