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1 hurt as tractor-trailer crash closes LIE for 12 hours

Firefighters respond to an overturned truck that burst

Firefighters respond to an overturned truck that burst into flames on the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway just before 5 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2009. Credit: Paul Mazza

A section of the eastbound Long Island Expressway was closed for more than 12 hours Thursday after a tractor-trailer overturned.

The commuting nightmare began at 4:45 a.m. Thursday in the eastbound lanes when an SUV cut in front of the tractor-trailer, causing it to lose control and overturn, police said. It then struck the SUV.The road was shut down in both directions around exits 42 and 43 before the road was partially reopened to traffic hours later, police said.

The eastbound section reopened at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nassau police said.

The tractor-trailer driver, Richard Forenza, 40, of Westbury, was hospitalized at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow with serious burns. He was in critical condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Shelley Lotenberg. The SUV driver, Mark Ndreca, 33, of the Bronx, also was treated at the Nassau hospital.

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