LIE Opens After Wednesday's 35-Car Pileup

The roadway reopened as the morning rush got underway.

The Long Island Expressway, from exits 66 to 69, has reopened after a firey crash, involving 35 cars, that killed one on Wednesday, according to Newsday.

The reports stated that the roadway opened at 6 a.m. after police wrapped up their investigation and debris was removed from the main artery.

A call regarding a multi-car crash at exit 67 came at 2:38 p.m. Emergency responders arrived at the devastating scene to find two cars and a mulch truck on fire. Three other cars required the jaws of life to remove an undisclosed number of people.

A total of 33 people were injured in the crash and were sent to area hospitals including Peconic Bay Medical Center, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson.

A Port Jefferson man is reported in critical condition and a Blue Point woman, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.

Police say the chain-reaction accident started with the mulch truck, driven by Raymond Simoneau, 42, of Rockingham, VT, stricking several cars.

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