1 dead, 33 hurt in NY traffic pileup

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A tractor-trailer still smolders hours after a chain-reaction crash on the Long Island Expressway on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 in Shirley, N.Y. At least one person was killed and 32 others were injured in the pileup, which involved about two dozen vehicles. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) — Police say one person has died and 33 people were injured in a massive traffic pileup that left dozens of vehicles littered across the main freeway on New York's Long Island.

The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. on a bright, sunny Wednesday, leaving cars and trucks strewn across the Long Island Expressway in Shirley.

Police say a 68-year-old woman was killed when a tractor-trailer slammed into a number of cars in the eastbound lane, triggering a chain-reaction pileup involving 35 vehicles. The tractor-trailer, which was carrying storm debris, caught fire as well as two other vehicles.

Police say 33 people were taken to area hospitals. At least one of those injured, a 57-year-old man, was listed in serious condition.

The highway was closed between Exits 65 and 69.