A 53-year-old long-haul trucker was killed when he mistakenly drove onto the Northern State Parkway and stopped short to avoid hitting a bridge in Albertson.

New York State police said Javier Tapia of Texas drove his tractor trailer onto the parkway eastbound when he stopped to avoid hitting the bridge at I.U Willets Road, but the metal beams that he was hauling penetrated the cab upon his sudden stop, killing him at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

The vehicle did not strike the bridge.

Tapia, who was driving a Freightliner flatbed tractor trailer for Illinois-based AAA Freight Incorporated, was traveling to Oyster Bay, police said.

He mistakenly entered the Parkway from the Long Island Expressway.

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