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Westbound LIE lanes reopened near Exit 50 in Dix Hills after tractor trailer crash, officials say

Westbound LIE traffic is at a standstill in

Westbound LIE traffic is at a standstill in Dix Hills as Suffolk County police clear up a single-vehicle crash near Exit 50 on Monday. Credit: James Carbone

A jackknifed tractor trailer that forced the closure of all westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway for hours Monday morning in Dix Hills has been removed and the lanes reopened, state officials said.

The 511NY website shows the road now reopened and no delays through the area.

Suffolk County police said the single-vehicle crash, which occurred near Exit 50, was reported around 6:50 a.m. Police said the road was closed at Exit 51, Deer Park Avenue, with traffic being diverted off the highway.

The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to the scene and, under the direction of Third Assistant Chief Scott DiPino, applied 20 bags of Speedy Dry to the road surface to absorb diesel fuel spilled from a ruptured saddle tank on the truck, officials said. Three heavy rescue trucks, an ambulance, fire police and a paramedic responder all were on scene, fire officials said. The tractor trailer driver was transported by Rescue Squad ambulance to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with non-life-threatening injuries.

Three of the lanes were reopened at about 9:30 a.m., police said. The right lane remained closed but was reopened before 11 a.m.

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