Any commuters who cried during a Long Island traffic jam may give pause over the cause: a truck wreck that spilled thousands of gallons of milk.
The massive mess closed all the eastbound lanes — and one westbound lane — of the Long Island Expressway for nearly five hours during the Tuesday morning rush hour in Syosset.
The tractor-trailer had a blowout around 2:40 a.m., jackknifed and caught fire. It also crashed into an unoccupied car that had broken down on the shoulder. Two people who had gotten out of the car suffered minor injuries.
The milk truck driver escaped uninjured; his rig was destroyed by the fire.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.