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Cops: 8 hurt in 2 crashes on Northern State Parkway

Fire, police and emergency medical service rescuers had

Fire, police and emergency medical service rescuers had their hands full with two multiple-vehicle crashes on the Northern State Parkway near the Searingtown exit. Police reported eight people were injured in the two crashes. All were taken to hospitals. (July 27, 2013) Credit: Mark Bellew

Eight people were injured in two separate crashes Saturday night that caused a one-hour closure of the Northern State Parkway, state police said.

Police said all of the victims were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

In the first crash, four people were rushed to hospitals after a three-vehicle rollover crash on the highway's westbound lane just east of Exit 27 Searingtown at 7:50 p.m., police said.

Four other people were hurt in a two-vehicle crash in the eastbound lanes near the same exit about 30 minutes later.

The second crash happened because motorists were watching the aftermath of the first crash, police said.

The Northern State Parkway reopened shortly before 9 p.m., police said.

The police investigation continues.

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