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Snow means dangerous driving for Long Island motorists

Nassau and Suffolk cops blame multiple crashes, including one that killed a woman, on snow accumulating on roads and expressways.

Firefighters work to remove a woman trapped in

Firefighters work to remove a woman trapped in her car following a four-vehicle crash on the Sunrise Highway in North Patchogue on Wednesday, authorities said. Photo Credit: LiHotShots / T.J. Lambui

Roadways slickened by snow from the fourth nor’easter this month made Wednesday’s driving conditions dangerous on Long Island and led to a fatal crash in Nassau, authorities said.

Across Nassau and Suffolk counties — whether on expressways or surface roads — snow accumulated quickly, police said, leading to multiple crashes and road closures.

In Suffolk, police had responded to 118 crashes by 7:30 p.m., 13 of which resulted in injuries, officials said. There were no fatalities, and the injuries were not serious.

Nassau police said they had responded to 95 crashes, provided aid to 79 people — mostly due to slips and falls — and received more than 500 calls for service.

One of those Nassau crashes claimed the life of a woman, 51, and injured four others in a van after the vehicle overturned on the Wantagh State Parkway, authorities said.

The victim, Xiu Rong Yong, of Flushing, Queens, was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow. Nassau police said the crash occurred at about 10 a.m. as snow accumulated in the southbound lanes of the parkway between Hempstead Turnpike and the Southern State Parkway, said Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.

The 2012 Nissan van left the roadway and struck a concrete foundation from a metal sign, authorities said.

Gasoline from a ruptured fuel line leaked on officers who responded to the crash, creating an even more dangerous situation, Ryder said.

The crash pinned one of the vehicle’s occupants underneath it, Ryder said. The woman, Ning Zhao, 37, was listed in serious condition at NUMC. Two other passengers, Zehua Lin, 39, and Yin Hua Guo, 40, and the driver, Xiao Ping Lu, 37, were taken to the same hospital with minor injuries, officials said.

Elsewhere, firefighters in North Patchogue removed a woman trapped in her car following a four-vehicle crash likely caused by icy road conditions, authorities said.

The unidentified woman, 26, was trapped after the 10:45 a.m. crash in the westbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near Exit 53, said Gene Spiotta Jr., first assistant chief of the North Patchogue Fire Department.

Firefighters cut through and sheared off the roof of the vehicle to remove the woman, who was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, he said. Her condition was not immediately known.

Another crash involving two tractor trailers and multiple vehicles temporarily shut down the eastbound Long Island Expressway in North Hills. One injury was reported.

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