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Cops: Four hurt in crash that closes LIE east at Holtsville

A serious crash shut down the eastbound Long

A serious crash shut down the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Holtsville Thursday night, Suffolk police said. Credit: Dennis Berger

A Queens woman was seriously injured and three other people suffered less serious injuries in a crash Thursday that closed the eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville, police said.

A 2012 Dodge Ram driven by Richard Sougstad of Coram was switching lanes near Exit 63 when it hit a 2003 Hyundai Sonata just before 7:20 p.m. and overturned, police said.

The Hyundai, driven by John Capuano of Astoria, Queens, then hit a 1998 Nissan Maxima driven by his son, Christopher Capuano, 31, of Medford, police said. Christopher Capuano was not injured.

John Capuano, 53, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and his wife and passenger, Linda Capuano, 54, also of Astoria, suffered serious injuries, police said.

Sougstad, 33, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and a 2-year-old female passenger in his vehicle had minor injuries, police said.

The girl and Sougstad got out on their own, but the Hyundai’s two occupants were trapped in their smashed vehicle, said Todd Metro, spokesman for the Holtsville Fire Department, which responded to the crash along with a Holbrook ambulance. Firefighters and Suffolk emergency service police freed the two by cutting the car roof and removing one door, he said.

All four of the injured were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

The eastbound lanes were closed at Exit 63 when the crash happened and were not fully reopened until 12:45 a.m. Friday, police said.

The investigation is continuing, police said. Detectives asked anyone with information to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.

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