LIE Reopens After Tanker Truck Burns

Driver of truck killed in accident

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010  |  Updated 4:59 PM EDT
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Emergency crews battled a raging fire that shut down the Long Island Expressway in both directions.

Emergency crews battled a raging fire that shut down the Long Island Expressway in both directions.

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The Long Island Expressway reopened today, hours after a fuel truck overturned and burst into flame.
    
Authorities say the driver was killed in the accident, which happened at about 8 a.m. Saturday near the Nassau-Suffolk County line.

     A second person was injured.
    
The wreck created a fireball that could be seen for miles and brought down a huge sign over the highway, blocking travel lanes on both sides.
    
Cleanup from the accident was expected to take hours. Rescuers were still trying to extricate the driver's body Saturday afternoon.
    
Authorities say the 18-wheeler clipped a car while trying to change lanes. It was carrying gasoline.

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