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Debris, truck fire delay LIE traffic

Nassau County Police Highway Patrol officers inspect a

Nassau County Police Highway Patrol officers inspect a tractor-trailer-style dump truck filled with large tree stumps and debris, some of which came off the vehicle onto the eastbound Long Island Expressway early Tuesday morning. (May 7, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Two incidents early Tuesday created headaches for drivers on the Long Island Expressway, including a truck fire in Brentwood that caused delays and a debris spill in Plainview that created a major roadway hazard.

No one was injured in the truck fire, which occurred at 5:08 a.m. and blocked the right and center lanes of the westbound expressway near Exit 53, Suffolk County police said.

The fire was battled by volunteers from the Brentwood Fire Department as traffic maneuvered through the area using the HOV lane, police said.

That incident was cleared -- and all expressway lanes reopened -- at 7:42 a.m., according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

In the second incident, which occurred at about 5:45 a.m. between Exit 46 and Exit 48 on the eastbound expressway, several large tree stumps were deposited onto the road from a tractor-trailer-style dump truck. That truck was later stopped on the ramp at Exit 48 and barricaded by motorists, who blocked the truck for police.

Nassau County police said that Emergency Service Unit officers were dispatched to the expressway to help clear tree stumps from the road.

Officers from the police Motor Carrier Unit were sent to the exit ramp to inspect the stopped tractor-trailer and to investigate the incident.

At least one pickup truck appeared to have suffered damage from striking the debris.

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