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Accident Shuts Down Part Of The Long Island Expressway During Morning Rush Hour

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A fatal accident created a significant traffic headache for commuters on the Long Island Expressway this morning.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

All westbound traffic lanes along the LIE near Exit 41 around Jericho were shut down following an accident at around 3 a.m. The lanes reopened at around 8:30 a.m.

The accident investigation continued.

Traffic was backed up for miles. The Northern State Parkway was swollen with runoff traffic.

The accident comes less than a week after a federal study pointed out the 7.2-mile stretch from Exit 35 to Exit 41 needs immediate safety changes.

Some 25 law enforcement officers have been injured, paralyzed or killed in that stretch during the last decade, most recently 39-year-old Officer Michael Califano.

Results of a 43-page assessment show emergency pull-off areas, more overhead lights and cameras to deter speeders are all needed, in addition to blue strobes and reflective clothing for police officers.

“They recognize there is a problem. They should act upon it immediately. There’s federal funds available for it,” said Nassau County PBA President James Carver.

What do you think needs to be done to improve safety? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • tc

    3 am?
    Tired,Speeding,Impaired vision,drunk,yapping on the cell phone or text or completely stoned.
    There is your answer___stop blaming on the road__you make it sound like the road is alive and possessed or something___geez !!

  • val

    At 3 am, it had to be someone either driving drunk or escessively speeding, or someone who was very tired and shouldn’t have been out on the road in the first place. So let’s not blame the road. It’s like saying “that tree jumped out at me from out of nowhere!”

    • Brian

      Were you there????
      Then How the hell do you know what ” had ” to have happened…

    • Nadine

      I agree that it was most likely excessive speed….I’m on the road at that hour going to work and I see how these idiots drive

    • Nadine Majkowski Winter

      I agree that it was most likely excessive speed….I’m on the road at that hour going to work and I see how these idiots drive

  • ceile

    It makes me sick how they think this road is so dangerous. Really? Go back and read all the stories and see just about each story involved a drunk driver. So now we should take more money and waste in on a road because of drunks. Only our federal government could waste money on a stupid study like this. I guess they do not know that there is a more dangerous road with real curves and hills called the Southern State. What has society come to? Lets redo all the roads for the drunks so that the roads are flat and straight so when the drunks are seeing double they will have a better shot of staying on the road.

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