All lanes reopen on NY road after auto crashes

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) - December 19, 2012

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.

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