All lanes reopen on NY road after auto crashes

Damaged vehicles and debris are strewn across the Long Island Expressway following a chain reaction crash on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, in Shirley, N.Y. At least one person was killed and 32 injured. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

December 20, 2012 6:10:34 AM PST
All lanes of the Long Island Expressway have reopened following a chain reaction of fiery crashes east of New York City that killed one person and injured 33 others.

The westbound lanes reopened before Thursday's morning rush hour.

Police say a tractor-trailer smashed into several vehicles about 70 miles east of New York City on Wednesday. The crash set off a series of accidents that left at least two dozen vehicles strewn across several hundred yards of the eastbound lanes.

The tractor-trailer was carrying debris from Superstorm Sandy. At least three vehicles caught fire.

A 68-year-old woman from Blue Point, N.Y., died at the scene. A car involved in the initial collision with the tractor-trailer was incinerated beyond recognition.