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Traffic pileups hit Calif. and N.Y.

YREKA, Calif. — Northbound lanes of Interstate 5 in far Northern California were closed for about 12 hours after traffic collisions involving about 60 vehicles, police said.

The California Highway ­Patrol said the road was closed Tuesday evening after a report of a crash north of Yreka, near the Oregon border. Other crashes were occurring as the first officer responded. The highway patrol said eight people were taken to hospitals. Six were treated and released. Two others were admitted.

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More than two dozen vehicles had to be towed from the roadway. The road reopened about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The cause of the collisions has not been determined.

In New York, a massive pileup on a major road left one person dead and 32 injured on Long Island, with dozens of vehicles scattered over several hundred yards, some of them burning. Police said the chaos on the eastbound Long Island Expressway in Shirley happened shortly before 3 p.m. on a bright, sunny Wednesday.

Aerial shots from News12 Long Island showed at least one tractor-trailer and several cars apparently damaged by fire.

Associated Press

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