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January 23, 2010

A Saturday morning accident on the Long Island Expressway involving a tanker truck has left one person dead and another injured.

The accident happened about 8 a.m. on the eastbound lanes of the LIE, between Melville and Plainview. The tanker truck was delivering 15,000 gallons of gasoline from Brooklyn to Long Island when the driver attempted to pass a Dodge Neon driven by Stephanie Medina, 29, of Bayonne, NJ that had slowed due to mechanical difficulties. The tanker truck tried to veer around Medina’s Dodge as she slowed to pull onto the shoulder, but it struck the small car, overturned and exploded into flames.

A passing motorist pulled Medina from her car and guided her to safety. An ambulance transported her to University Medical Center in East Meadow, where they treated her for non-life-threatening injuries and later released her.

The driver of the tanker truck, identified only as a 50-year-old man from Brooklyn pending family notification, was unable to escape the wreckage. Kittery Transport of Maine operated the truck.

Emergency crews fought to put out the blaze for three hours, spraying it with foam.

The westbound lanes of the LIE reopened about 6 p.m., but the eastbound lanes remain closed.

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  1. Gravatar for Facebook User

    no mention of the fact the tanker was carrying 15,000 gallons of gas?

    new york state 'r' permits allow for ridiculous amounts of bulk cargo to be carried.

  2. Gravatar for T R Miller

    15,000 gallons??? At 8 pounds per gallon, that is 120,000 pounds of gasoline - in an empty truck that weighs 30,000 pounds +/-. That's 150,000 GVW - much higher than the 80,000 GWV allowed by law.

    I have never seen a tanker that could even HOLD 15,000. Most gasoline tankers are about 9,000 gallons.

    A bit exagerated???

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