A dump truck's empty bed became detached after the truck hit an exit sign and the base of a bridge Monday morning, closing at least one lane of the eastbound LIE in Melville for a few hours, Suffolk County police said.
The truck's driver was taken to Plainview Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.
The right and center eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway at Exit 49 were closed, starting at about 8:30 a.m., police said. The center lane was reopened just before noon, and the right lane at close to 2 p.m., the state Department of Transportation said on its website, informny.com.
A police spokeswoman said an emergency call was received at 8:20 a.m. and that there were no reports of other injuries or other vehicles involved.
The entrance ramp to the eastbound LIE also was temporarily closed, the agency's alert said.
With Gary Dymski