NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — In two days, Long Island highways have seen two violent wrong-way collisions.
On Tuesday, an early morning wrong-way crash on the Long Island Expressway left two people hospitalized, CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reported.READ MORE: Long Island Hoping For Best But Bracing For Worst As Nor'easter Approaches: 'Get Prepared Now'
The accident occurred just before 5 a.m., when a vehicle entered the eastbound lanes of 4-lane highway at exit 36 – heading westbound.
Katelyn A. O’Connell of Westbury faces a drunken driving charge. O’Connell was expected to be arraigned at a later date on DWI and reckless endangerment charges. It was not immediately known if she was represented by an attorney.
Both O’Connell and an unidentified 27-year-old man, who was driving the other vehicle, were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening.
1010 WINS Reporter Carol D’Auria with details on the alleged drunk driver
The crash comes just a day after New York City police Officer Andre Menzies, 35, was killed in a wrong-way crash on the Northern State Parkway. Police said the driver that struck Menzies’ vehicle was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.READ MORE: Remembering NYPD Officer Jason Rivera: Wake Held For 22-Year-Old Killed In Line Of Duty In Harlem
Tuesday’s accident was apparently also linked to alcohol. Police said the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was arrested for DUI. The eastbound LIE was closed until about 10:40 a.m. That caused huge backups from Queens into central Nassau County. Both drivers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
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