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8-vehicle pileup leaves 6 injured, 1 arrested on Long Island

Posted at 9:35 AM, Oct 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-20 22:21:54-04

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.