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Cops: Vehicle hits tree on Southern State, briefly shuts parkway

First responders work early Saturday, May 27, 2017,

First responders work early Saturday, May 27, 2017, on the Southern State Parkway, where a vehicle crash sent a tree onto the road near Deer Park Avenue. Credit: Joseph Cassano

A portion of the westbound Southern State Parkway just before Deer Park Avenue was closed to traffic for about 15 minutes early Saturday after a crash in which the vehicle struck a tree, causing it to fall into the roadway, police said.

There were no reports of injuries, according to a State Police spokesman.

The spokesman said the crash happened at 1:50 a.m. and that the vehicle hit the tree, which then fell across the roadway.

Photos from the scene show a sport utility vehicle overturned on the side of the parkway.

The roadway was reopened at 2:06 a.m., but the tree was not removed and the area completely cleared until 4:50 a.m., the spokesman said.

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