Five people were taken to hospitals after a crash involving a truck, a van and a car in New Cassel late Tuesday afternoon, the Westbury fire chief said.

Details on how the Old Country Road accident took place were not immediately available, but a truck ended up on top of a van, while a Buick came to rest across the street, said Westbury Fire Department Chief Doug Ingram.

The victims' injuries were not life-threatening, consisting mostly of back and neck pain, he said.

"We had to cut the driver of the car out and the passenger in the van," Ingram said.

The truck driver was able to get out by himself, he said.

Ambulances from the Westbury and East Meadow fire departments and from Nassau police took three victims to Nassau University Medical Center and two to Winthrop-University Hospital, Ingram said.

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The Westbury fire chief said he and about 25 firefighters had just returned to the fire station after putting out a house fire when they saw the crash down the street.

The accident, which spilled gravel on the roadway, happened shortly after 5 p.m., Ingram said.

It shut down Old Country Road in both directions between Westbury Road and Gloucester Court.

With Christopher Peak and Nicholas Spangler