HAUPPAUGE - The Long Island Expressway has reopened following a serious motorcycle crash near Exit 56 Wednesday.

Police say 56-year-old Charles Clayton, of Mastic, lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into the HOV barrier wall at around 4:10 p.m. He was thrown from the vehicle.

The LIE was closed at Exit 56 eastbound following the crash. Traffic was at a standstill for hours.

Clayton suffered multiple serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, according to police.

Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call the Suffolk County police Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.