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Dump Truck Fire Causing Big Delays on LIE

Eastbound traffic near Plainview at a crawl; several lanes blocked.

A drump truck fire on the Long Island Expressway near Plainview is causing major tie-ups in the eastbound lanes.

Authorities are reporting that up to three lanes are blocked in the vicinity of Plainview at Sunnyside Boulevard at 11 a.m.

Plainview firefighters responded to the call at 8:42 a.m. and found the dump truck fully engulfed in flames. They worked quickly to put down the difficult fire, which had spread from the engine to the contents of the dump truck.

Shortly before 11 a.m., traffic remained snarled for miles back from that site. The fire closed the Service Road and three lanes of the expressway.

Tom January 17, 2013 at 04:47 PM
The fire was just west of the Sunnyside Blvd. exit. There was a lot of smoke around the area of the exit.
Glenn January 18, 2013 at 04:35 AM
How does a dump truck catch on fire??? Look like it may have had some combustible material which poses alot of questions? What caused the fire?
Tom January 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM
From the pictures it looks like the fire was in the engine which brings up questions of how well maintained the dump truck was.

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