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Bud Light let loose in Long Island Expressway service road crash

The Melville Fire Department responded to the scene where a truckload of beer spilled after a crash on the South Service Road of the Long Island Expressway just east of Walt Whitman Road early Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The truck carrying the beer collided with a car, which overturned, Suffolk County police said. (Credit: Fully Involved Media Group / Joe Cassano)

Cartons and loose bottles of beer littered the South Service Road of the Long Island Expressway after a beer truck collided with a car at Walt Whitman Road in Melville on Wednesday morning, police said.

The car overturned and the beer truck ended up on its side, with cartons and bottles of Bud Light strewed in the road, photographs of the scene showed.

Melville fire officials said both drivers were out of their vehicles when they arrived on scene.

The drivers were taken by Melville Rescue Squad to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow and treated for minor injuries, and the driver of the car was given a summons for unlicensed operation of a vehicle, officials said.

The owner of the truck, Andriy Kharchenko, told News 12 Long Island that a dashboard camera on the vehicle showed the truck driver had a green light at the time of the accident. News 12 aired that dashcam video.

“We just reviewed the video. The truck was coming on the service road on the green light” and the driver blew the red light “and he didn’t stop or anything and he just hit the truck,” Kharchenko said.

Police said they were aware of the video.

The South Service Road was closed between Walt Whitman Road and Route 110 after the accident at 12:15 a.m., Suffolk County police said.

The road reopened about 6:40 a.m., according to the state Department of Transportation.


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