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Northern State Parkway crash kills Smithtown woman, state police say

State Police at the scene of a two-vehicle

State Police at the scene of a two-vehicle fatal crash on the Northern State Parkway in Huntington on Wednesday morning. Credit: James Carbone

A Smithtown woman died Wednesday morning after rear-ending her Ford Explorer into another vehicle, causing the SUV to overturn and strike a tree on the Northern State Parkway in Huntington, State Police said.

The collision that killed Katherine A. Wiski, 47, occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the Northern State Pakrway, east of exit 42, police said.

Officials said Wiski was behind the wheel of a 2002 Ford Explorer when she struck the back of a 2012 Volkswagen driven by Sheila Urce, 57, of Dix Hills. The Explorer then lost control, overturned and hit a tree, police said. Wiski was pronounced dead on scene, officials said. Urce was uninjured.

The accident caused the eastbound roadway to be closed at Exit 42N until about 1:30 p.m. The road has since reopened. Westbound traffic was unaffected.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

State Police are asking for anyone with information about the crash  to call  631-756-3300.

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