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Motorist killed in early-morning LIE crash

One person was reportedly killed in an accident

One person was reportedly killed in an accident on the Long Island Expressway west of Round Swamp Road, Exit 48, in Plainview just after 1 a.m. on Saturday. A sport utility vehicle traveling east rolled over, and the driver was thrown from the vehicle and pinned under the roof. The Plainview and Melville fire departments and Nassau County police responded to the scene. The unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene; the cause of the accident was under investigation. (Jan. 9, 2010) Credit: Paul Mazza

Nassau police said a motorist was killed early Saturday morning in a single-vehicle crash on the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Plainview.

The crash just after 1 a.m. forced closure of all eastbound lanes for more than an hour as police and firefighters attended to the driver and the overturned sport utility vehicle, which landed on its roof.

Nassau police had not yet identified the driver and released few details about the crash. The cause was being investigated.

Witness John Fedder, 52, of Merrick, was taking a break from his job at a car dealership on the LIE service road when he said he saw a dark-colored SUV driving east in the left lane swerve into the center lane around a car.

"The next thing you know it's rolling end-over-end, like three times," he said.

A Nassau highway patrol unit was at the scene in less than a minute, followed by Plainview and Melville fire department vehicles, Fedder said.

Police placed a white sheet over the vehicle, which rested in the eastbound expressway's center lane, west of Round Swamp Road. An officer at the scene said the driver was thrown from the vehicle and killed, according to another witness.

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