Tanker Truck Flips, Explodes, Closes LI Expressway

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The westbound lanes of New York's Long Island Expressway have reopened after a fuel truck flipped and exploded, killing the driver and creating a fireball seen for miles.

Emergency crews battled the raging blaze for three hours after the 8 a.m. accident Saturday between Melville and Plainview near the Nassau County line.

The intense heat melted the supports for a huge road sign, which collapsed across all eight lanes of the roadway. Heavy equipment was brought in to remove it.

The westbound lanes reopened about 6:15 p.m.

Authorities were still uncertain when eastbound lanes of the heavily trafficked highway might reopen. The accident caused the pavement to buckle.

Authorities have identified the driver as 57-year-old Mujahid (moo-jah-HEED') Shah of Brooklyn.

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