8-Vehicle Pileup Leaves 6 Injured, 1 Arrested on Long Island - NBC New York

8-Vehicle Pileup Leaves 6 Injured, 1 Arrested on Long Island

It all happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near Exit 49 in Melville

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    8-Vehicle Pileup Leaves 6 Injured, 1 Arrested on Long Island

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    • Police say eight vehicles got tangled in a chain-reaction crash on the Long Island Expressway

    • It all happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near Exit 49 in Melville

    • A minivan driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries — and later was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge

    Police say eight vehicles got tangled in a chain-reaction crash on the Long Island Expressway, leaving six people with minor injuries, a minivan stuck under an oil tanker and the minivan's driver under arrest.

    It all happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday near Exit 49 in Melville.

    Suffolk County police say the problems started after a car fire clogged traffic in eastbound lanes.

    In the slowdown, two cars collided. That crash spiraled into an eight-car pileup, including an oil tanker and a minivan that skidded and got wedged under the tanker.

    Police say the minivan driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries — and later was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge.

    Five other people also suffered minor injuries.

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