A massive collision occurred on the eastbound Long Island Expressway on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, shortly before 3p.m. near exit 68 in Shirley, New York. The collision, which involved a tractor trailer and as many as 25 cars, shut down the highway between Exits 65 and 69. The tractor trailer and some of the cars burst into flames, and cameras captured a frightening scene with dark smoke billowing into the air. Responding firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. "Myfoxny.com" relayed a police report that at least 30 people were injured and 1 person has died.
The eastbound lanes of the expressway will likely be closed through the night. As this tragic scene unfolds, Long Island emergency personnel are working to help those injured and re-open the highway. Once the dust settles, it will be important to evaluate the potential causes of the incident. Anyone injured in a tractor trailer or other motor vehicle accident should immediately consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. As time passes, valuable evidence can be lost, and it is never too early to begin protecting your rights.