A motorcyclist rear-ended a Suffolk County police vehicle on the Long Island Expressway Wednesday afternoon, causing all westbound lanes to be shut down, police said.
The officer was attempting a U-turn at a designated area for emergency vehicles near Exit 52 at 1:25 p.m. when the motorcyclist struck the cop car from behind.
The motorcyclist suffered a serious head injury and was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital by police helicopter.
The officer was taken to Huntington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Suffolk police said the names of the motorcyclist and the officer won’t be released until their respective family members are notified. Police did not say if any charges are pending.
All westbound lanes remained closed through most of Wednesday afternoon as investigators combed the crash site. A police spokesman told the Press it was unclear when the road would reopen.
Anyone with more information is asked to call Second Squad detectives at 631-854-8252.
Traffic cameras showed police cruisers and firetrucks at the scene of the crash and traffic at a stand still in both directions at Exit 52.