HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County police are looking for a runaway dump truck. Its driver caused a three-car pile-up on the Long Island Expressway and never stopped.
Three people were injured in the crash.
Carlos Gonzalez was sore and shaken up after being involved in the LIE pile-up. He said it was a chain reaction started by an aggressive dump truck driver bearing down on other cars before rear-ending one of them.
“I went to go grab my phone and that’s pretty much when I got hit,” Gonzalez told CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff. “He was definitely speeding.”
Gonzalez shot cell phone video of the aftermath Thursday night, in which one car flipped over.
Among the injured was a 73-year-old man, who was airlifted to Stony Brook Hospital in serious condition. That victim is now listed in “fair” condition.
The dump truck driver, who caused the incident, took off.
“How could anyone do that? I know he had to have seen the car flip and he definitely hit that car. It’s just shameful,” Gonzalez said.
The crash snarled traffic on the LIE for hours and now has Suffolk police searching for the hit-and-run dump truck driver with no description.
“It was a large dump truck and our witness accounts come from everyone that was to the rear of the vehicle. They all stopped when the collision occurred and the truck continued on eastbound,” said Suffolk County Police Det. Sgt. John O’Sullivan.
The LIE was crowded at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said there are likely many witnesses and they’re asking them to call police.
It was a large, Silver commercial dump truck that would likely have front-end damage and black paint from the Honda it hit, police said.
“Hopefully they get the guy,” said Gonzalez.
Had the truck driver pulled over, police said he may not have faced any charges.
Now, if found, he’ll be charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries, which is a felony.
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