Hauppauge, NY- As the rain from Tropical Storm Elsa was pounding the roadways Friday morning, police say a man was critically injured during a crash on the Long Island Expressway. Suffolk County Police say at approximately 3:10am, Derrick Louis was driving a 2016 Nissan Altima eastbound on the LIE, west of Exit 56/Wheeler Rd, when his vehicle struck the rear of a 2020 Freightliner box truck. The Altima then veered off the road where it then crashed into a tree. Louis, 24, of Westbury was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. A 24-year-old female passenger in the Altima was treated at Stony Brook Hospital for minor injuries. The driver of the box truck, 33, was not injured. The investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call the Fourth Squad at 631-854-8452.
Photo: The Long Island Expressway between Exits 55 & Exit 56 on July 9, 2021, INFORM/NYS DOT 511