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1 dead in multi-vehicle crash on Long Island Expressway

WOODBURY N.Y. – One person is dead after a multi-vehicle crash on the Long Island Expressway late Thursday, police said.

It happened on the eastbound lanes of the LIE in the vicinity of exit 44 around 11:48 p.m. Friday.

One of the vehicles struck a guard rail, ejecting a passenger, police said. That passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Long Island Expressway has reopened at exit 44 after it was closed due to an investigation.

This is the second man to be ejected from a vehicle in a Suffolk County car crash this week. A man was traveling on State Route 347 in Port Jefferson Station around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday when his Jeep was struck by another vehicle as he attempted to make a left hand turn. The driver of the Jeep was ejected from the car rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital with serious head injuries.

Police did not identify either of the drivers. Authorities say both vehicles have been impounded for safety evaluations.