Woman critically injured when car overturns, catches fire on Long Island Expressway


HOLTSVILLE, LONG ISLAND – A woman was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries after her sport utility vehicle crashed on the Long Island Expressway Monday afternoon, reports Newsday.

Suffolk County police said the driver of a 2002 Jeep Liberty was headed west on the LIE near the Nicolls Road exit in Holtsville and collided with a median barrier just after noon.

The Jeep overturned and burst into flames.  Multiple Good Samaritans who were at the scene managed to flip the SUV right side up.  They were able to pull the driver out of the burning vehicle and pulled her onto the shoulder of the LIE, where they administered first aid.

The driver, identified as 56-year-old Susan Denise of Farmingville, was flown by police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

All westbound lanes of the LIE were shut down at Exit 62 for over three hours while the scene was being cleared.  The Jeep has been impounded for a safety check as investigators work to determine the cause of the accident.

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