Deadly crash shuts down part of Long Island Expressway early Wednesday


FLUSHING, Queens — Traffic was backed up on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday morning after a deadly crash on the highway in the Flushing area of Queens, authorities said.

Police said a male driver lost control of his vehicle, drove off the highway and crashed into a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene just before 4:30 a.m., authorities said.

The crash occurred in the area of Kissena Boulevard, police said.

The crash investigation forced part of the westbound side of the highway to temporarily close at Exit 24 / Kissena Boulevard, with police diverting cars onto the service road to avoid the area of the crash.

The portion of the highway reopened just before 7:30 a.m. as crews moved the investigation to the shoulder of the road.

The closure at one point caused about a 7-mile delay, with traffic backed up to Nassau County.

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