Man Hospitalized After Trucks Collide on LIE

By Chris Mellides

cmellides@longislandergroup.com

The Melville Fire Department responds to an accident involving two trucks at exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway early Monday morning. (Photo/Melville Fire Department)

The Melville Fire Department responds to an accident involving two trucks at exit 48 of the Long Island Expressway early Monday morning. (Photo/Melville Fire Department)

A man was hospitalized early Monday morning after two trucks collided on the Long Island Expressway near Melville’s western border, fire officials said.

A box truck traveling westbound on the LIE near exit 48 (Round Swamp Road) struck the right rear corner of a tractor trailer, forcing the box truck to veer left on the expressway around 4:50 a.m. The box truck then struck the expressway’s center divider and partially pinned its driver under the steering wheel, Chris Nolan, Melville Fire Department assistant fire chief, said Monday.

Nolan said both Nassau and Suffolk police departments responded to the accident, which occurred at the border separating the two counties. Suffolk police ultimately handled the call.

The Melville Fire Department responded with a heavy rescue truck, two rescue engines and three ambulances. A first responder unit comprised of roughly 25 firefighters and EMS personnel was also at the scene.

“There was a major intrusion into the box truck, so we had to cut the windshield out and then raise the dashboard away from the driver,” Nolan said.

Using extrication tools, the Melville Fire Department managed to free the trapped driver, who was then transported by the Melville Rescue Squad to North Shore Plainview Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

No other injuries were reported.