MELVILLE, N.Y. — 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.