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Driver Smashes Into Disabled Vehicle on Rte. 135

Car careens into woods. Driver is hospitalized.

An unidentified driver was hurt Monday after losing control of his SUV on the northbound , crashing into an abandoned car and careening into nearby woods.

The afternoon incident took place on the northbound side of Route 135 near the Northern State Parkway. The disabled car was unoccupied, authorities said.

Nassau County Highway Patrol officers and Emergency Services Units were called to the scene after a highway police unit discovered the crash.

were called to the scene to assist.

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Emergency crews found the injured man inside his SUV, which had come to rest in a wooded area off of the expressway, authorities said.

The driver was transported to Nassau University Medical Center. His condition was not available. The cause of the accident was unclear.

The entrance ramp to the northbound 135 from the eastbound Northern State Parkway was temporarily closed.

DONALD INGRAM June 26, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Why wasn't the cars passing the police in the right hand lane ticketed? You can see in pictures 3 and 4 cars passing the police and not moving over.
Joe Dowd (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Good point, Donald: This new law is vital and not completely understood by drivers. Drivers need to move out of the way, over and away from active emergency vehicles and crash scenes. They need to slow down. The law needs more publicity.
G June 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
This was an active accident scene. I'm sure the officers were busy with the investigation, rendering first aid, taking the report and clearing up the scene. I doubt that summonses were their priority at the time. This is a great law and undoubtedly will save the lives of first responders. However, I do not believe it would apply to this scene. All of the emergency vehicles are parked on the entrance ramp. There is still a one lane buffer (the emergency lane) between the traffic and the officers. I am glad you guys are concerned with officer safety, as am I, I'm just not convinced from what I see on the pictures that summonses would have been warranted

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