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Sunrise Highway reopens hours after truck crash

The eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway were closed

The eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway were closed Friday after a tractor trailer jackknifed and overturned. Credit: Jim Staubitser

Sunrise Highway reopened Saturday morning, the day after a tractor trailer with a cargo of metal scraps careened across the highway in North Amityville on Friday afternoon and jackknifed, its contents flying into four vehicles, Suffolk County police said.

Two people were hurt in the accident, which closed the eastbound Sunrise Highway at County Line Road for hours as authorities handled the cleanup, hauling of cargo and righting of the tractor trailer, police said just before 11 p.m. Friday.

The truck was in the westbound lanes when the driver swerved to avoid an ambulance about 1:40 p.m. and veered into oncoming traffic, police said. The truck flipped on the eastbound Sunrise, sending its contents onto the roadway and into four eastbound vehicles, police said.

The crash scene was just outside South Oaks Hospital. Nassau County police, Massapequa and Amityville fire departments and other agencies responded. Photos from the scene show a metal drum, poles and other scraps spilled out onto the roadway.

The truck driver was taken to Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, and the driver in one of the damaged vehicles was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Islip, police said. Both had injuries that were not life threatening, police said.

Suffolk police said no criminality appears to be involved.

With Stefanie Dazio

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