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Long Island Expressway Open After Fuel Truck Explosion

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MELVILLE, N.Y. — Police say all lanes of New York's Long Island Expressway have reopened a day after a fuel truck flipped and exploded on the highway, killing the driver.

The eastbound lanes of the highway that connects the suburbs to New York City remained closed overnight as workers repaved about 200 feet of road that had melted. Nassau County police spokesman Michael Toich says all lanes were reopened as of 4:40 a.m. Sunday.

The highway was closed in both directions for hours Saturday after the intense heat melted the supports for a huge road sign, which collapsed across all eight lanes of the roadway. The westbound lanes were reopened Saturday evening.

Police say 57-year-old driver Mujahid Shah of Brooklyn was killed in the accident near the Nassau County line.