A motorcyclist was airlifted off the closed westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway Wednesday afternoon after the rider crashed into a Suffolk County police vehicle making a U-turn on the highway, authorities said.
The motorcyclist was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital with a serious head injury, police said. The police officer was taken to Huntington Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.
The highway heading west near Exit 51 in Dix Hills was shut down for more than three hours Wednesday and reopened about 4:50 p.m.
Police said in a release the motorcycle hit the rear of “a marked Suffolk County Police Motor Carrier Safety vehicle,” about 1:25 p.m. as its driver was trying “to make a U-turn at an area designated for emergency vehicles.”
Names are being withheld pending notification of family members, police said.
The Dix Hills Fire Department responded to the accident and transferred the motorcyclist to a Suffolk police medevac helicopter that landed on the expressway, a department spokesman said. A Dix Hills Rescue Squad ambulance took the police officer to the hospital.