Fatal accident on LIE in Melville investigated

Police say a driver, going east on the Police say a driver, going east on the Long Island Expressway, left the roadway, crashed into a wooded area -- and the vehicle was immediately engulfed in fire. (Oct. 1, 2012) Photo Credit: James Carbone

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Detectives are investigating an early morning single-vehicle fatal accident on the Long Island Expressway in Melville on Monday, officials said.

The crash, which was reported at 2:15 a.m., took place on the eastbound LIE east Route 110, Suffolk County police said.

Police said the driver of a 2000 Nissan Altima, going east, left the roadway, hit a light pole and crashed into the woods, where the car was immediately engulfed in fire.

The driver has not been identified, police said. He was pronounced dead by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.

Volunteers from the Melville Fire Department were dispatched to the scene and extinguished the blaze, officials said.

The crash closed the roadway for about five hours between Route 110 and Bagatelle Road. Eastbound traffic was diverted onto the service road at Exit 49S during that time.

Police said an aviation unit and a canine search team were dispatched to the scene to search for additional victims, but it appears the driver was alone in the car.

The Suffolk County Sheriffs Department also was involved in the initial investigation.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.

With Gary Dymski

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