Three people were hospitalized after being involved in an accident on Friday that closed the Long Island Expressway during the morning rush, Suffolk County police said.
Just after 9 a.m., emergency crews began receiving calls reporting a serious accident on the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway near Exit 57. Police said 25-year-old Bahar Kaya, of Port Jefferson Station was driving her 2011 Chevrolet Cruze when she was struck from behind by a 2002 Dodge Durango. Kaya was taken by police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she remains in critical condition, emergency workers said.
Kaya’s one passenger, her 22-year-old sister Nese Kaya and the driver of the Dodge, 19-year-old Monica Saparito of Mastic Beach were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Three cars were also involved in a secondary collision, according to a news release. None of the drivers of those vehicles were injured and the vehicles sustained minor damage. All five vehicles were impounded by detectives for safety checks.
Advisory messages from police indicate that the expressway reopened just before noon. Police remained on scene investigating for several hours after the crash.
An investigation into the accident is now ongoing and anyone who may have witnesses the incident is asked to contact Fourth Squad detectives at 631-854-8452.