Tanker crashes, rips down power lines in Merrick

Drivers say navigating the damaged roads with large trucks around them isn't easy.

News 12 Staff

Feb 28, 2022, 10:44 AM

Updated 873 days ago

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Police say a tanker was involved in a crash around 5 a.m. in Merrick.
According to police, the tanker ripped down power lines in front of Kitchen Legacy on Lansdowne Avenue off of Sunrise Highway.
It is not clear if any other vehicles were involved in the accident. There is also no word on any injuries.
The eastbound side of Sunrise Highway was closed between Babylon Turnpike and Merrick Avenue following the accident but has since reopened.
A gasoline tanker also crashed in Rockville Centre earlier in February and caused a major explosion and gas leak.
AAA spokesperson Robert Sinclair Jr. says Long Island gets 96% of its freight by truck compared to an average of 50% in most big cities and those tankers are permitted on Sunrise Highway.
"It can take commercial traffic, including large trailer trucks," Sinclair Jr. says. "Unfortunately, that is proving to be the bane of its existence in the past two or three weeks."
Sinclair Jr. says larger trailer trucks do cause a considerable amount of damage beyond the recent accidents. A study done by AAA revealed that one truck does the damage of 20,000 cars to the road.
Drivers say navigating the damaged roads with large trucks around them isn't easy.
"Keep your heads up," says Merrick resident Howie Appel. "Be aware, be careful."
Credit: John Scalesi
Credit: John Scalesi


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