Police: 5 injured in 5-vehicle crash that shut down LIE west of exit 53

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At least five people were injured in a five-vehicle crash in Commack that shut down the Long Island Expressway for most of Tuesday, police say.

According to police, Lonnie Garrett was driving a 2012 Toyota Highlander westbound on the Long Island Expressway, west of exit 53, and his vehicle rear-ended a 2004 Honda CRV, driven by Eduardo Turcios, at approximately 7 a.m. The crash caused a chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles.

Turcios, 67, of Westbury, was airlifted via Suffolk County Police Helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Garrett, 63, of Coram, and the three other drivers were taken to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

The vehicles were impounded for safety checks, and the investigation is continuing. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.

The westbound lanes of the LIE reopened at exit 53 around 2:30 p.m.

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