Nor’easter causes weather-related death on Long Island: police

NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. — New York police say slick roads were a factor in a fatal crash on Long Island.

A woman was killed and five other people were injured when a van overturned on the Wantagh State Parkway at the Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County, officials said. It is the first known weather-related death in the area.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. Wednesday, just as snow accumulation started to pick up, the police commissioner said. The driver of a white van lost control and the vehicle skidded toward the side and rolled over.

A 51-year-old woman who was partially ejected and then pinned by the wreckage was killed, the police commissioner said. One woman was ejected and she's in serious condition.

A rookie officer responded to the scene and broke through glass on the van to get passengers out, officials said. Six women had been inside.

The van's gasoline line ruptured in the crash and gasoline was spilling onto the officer as he worked to help the passengers.

There have been over 60 auto accidents in Nassau as of 3 p.m., the police commissioner said. Drivers are being urged to stay off the road.

A spring nor'easter is targeting the Northeast with strong winds and a foot or more of snow expected in some parts of the region.