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Officials: 7 injured in LIE service road crash in Melville

The Suffolk County Police and multiple fire departments

The Suffolk County Police and multiple fire departments respond to auto accident Friday November 3, 2017 at the intersection of Old Walt Whitman Rd and the LIE South Service Road. Credit: Jim Staubitser

Seven people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on Walt Whitman Road and the eastbound service road of the Long Island Expressway in Melville on Friday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.

A family of six — a mother, father and four children — was in one of the vehicles involved in the accident, police and fire officials said.

Officers said Travis Jones, 30, of Freeport was driving a 2003 GMC Yukon east on the LIE’s South Service Road when his car struck a 2015 Nissan Altima driven by Ashley Trickett, 30 of Levittown.

Trickett had been driving south on Walt Whitman Road before making a left turn onto the service road, when the collision occurred about 12:20 p.m., police said.

Her Altima then struck a 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Michelle Lee, 25, of Allendale, New Jersey, who was in front Trickett, police said.

Jones was not injured. His wife, Devona Sheppard, 27, and his four children, a 9-year-old girl, 8-year-old girl, 4-year-old boy, and a 2-year-old girl, were taken to Nassau University Medical Center where they were treated and released.

Trickett was taken there as well, where she was treated for serious injuries.

Lee, who was taken to Plainview Hospital for minor injuries, was treated and released.

The Melville, Dix Hills, East Farmingdale, Plainview and Huntington Manor fire departments responded to the scene near Exit 49 around 12:25 p.m., fire officials said.

All of the lanes of the South Service Road were closed as of 1:13 p.m., from Walt Whitman Road to Route 110, according to the state Department of Transportation’s website. The service road reopened at 6:06 p.m. on Friday, police said.

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