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Overturned Lumber Truck Shuts Down Eastbound L.I.E.

One Lane Reopens As Afternoon Rush Begins

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OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Three eastbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway were shut down in Old Westbury Monday afternoon, after a truck flipped over and spilled its load of lumber.

The semi-trailer truck flipped over around 2:30 p.m. and spilled sheets of lumber and two-by-fours onto the highway, officials said.

Immediately following the accident, all eastbound lanes of the expressway were shut down at Exit 40.

About half of the eastbound lanes had reopened by the 5 p.m. hour, but the debris was still lying in the roadway and along the shoulder.

Traffic was bumper-to-bumper between the Cross Island Parkway all the way to Jericho Turnpike — about eight miles. The Jericho Turnpike and the Northern State Parkway were also bumper-to-bumper as motorists used them as alternates.

No serious injuries were reported in the accident, CBS 2′s Joe Biermann reported.

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