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LIE westbound reopens after Suffolk County Transit bus crash

Five vehicles, including a Suffolk County Transit bus, were involved in a crash Monday afternoon that temporarily closed the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Islandia, officials said.

The driver of a Pontiac sedan tried to move from the right lane across the roadway to the HOV lane when the Pontiac struck a Chevrolet in the HOV lane, Suffolk County police said. The Chevrolet then “spun out and crashed into the guard rail on the right shoulder,” police said.

The bus, which was carrying no passengers, also “spun out,” hitting a pickup truck in the left lane, which went on to graze another sedan, police said.

The woman who was driving the Chevrolet was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.

Police said there were no other injuries, though Garry Lenberger, an official from Suffolk County Transit, said the bus driver, who had been en route to a shift change, was taken by ambulance to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The crash, which occurred about 1:15 p.m., closed the westbound LIE between Exit 59, Ocean Avenue, and Exit 58, Old Nichols Road, the state Department of Transportation said. All lanes were reopened within about two hours.


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