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Black ice causes multiple crashes in Suffolk

A town worker was seriously injured after losing

A town worker was seriously injured after losing control of his vehicle on black ice along Montauk Highway, east of County Road 101 early Monday morning. (Dec. 14, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

Black ice was likely responsible for nearly 20 car accidents in little more than a one-hour span Monday morning in Suffolk County, including two crashes that resulted in overturned vehicles, police said.

None of those crashes appear to have resulted in life-threatening injuries, Suffolk County police said.

Between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. there were at least 18 accidents believed to be related to black ice, police said. Another was reported just before 6 a.m.

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Meanwhile, it appears slightly warmer weather in Nassau and Queens spared drivers there Monday, with black ice seemingly not a problem for early-morning commuters.

The National Weather Service showed overnight temperatures in Suffolk dipped into the low 30s - at or below freezing in some areas - while most of Nassau and Queens was in the upper 30s.

Police said one crash in East Patchogue involved an overturned truck. That crash briefly shut down Montauk Highway near Route 101, police said.

A medevac helicopter, rescue squad and a road sander were all requested at the crash location. However, police said the injuries appeared non-life-threatening - and the road was reopened at 7:01.

There were many other crashes, as well, all likely caused by black ice.

One was on Montauk Highway in Great River.

There was one on Express Drive South, the Long Island Expressway service road, just east of Deer Park Avenue in Half Hollow Hills, and another on Express Drive North in Dix Hills, where a blue sport utility vehicle had overturned.

There was a report of an SUV into a guardrail on Half Hollow Road in Dix Hills and one of a car into a wooded area on Jericho Turnpike in Huntington, police said.

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