Icy conditions lead to massive pile-up on North Boulevard near Roslyn Viaduct: police

Brandon Duffy
The Roslyn Viaduct. (Photo courtesy of The Island Now archives)

Icy conditions last week on Northern Boulevard near the Roslyn Viaduct caused a 24-vehicle collision that closed the road for hours. 

Police said that five empty school buses were involved in the pileup on Jan. 5. Ten people were sent to the hospital with minor injuries, and they have since been released. 

Sand was spread on parts of the boulevard and traffic resumed hours later, officials said. 

Ronald Collura Jr., assistant chief with Roslyn Rescue told News12 the pileup was one of the worst he has seen.

“I spoke with a couple lieutenants, and this we’ve never seen, I’ve never seen,” Collura said.  “I think in total about 24 cars. We’ve never seen something of this magnitude and certainly on the viaduct.” 

Northern Boulevard, also known as State Route 25A, serves as a main east-west route for much of the North Shore. From the Queens-Midtown Tunnel to Calverton in Suffolk County, the highway stretches for 73 miles. 

Efforts to reach Roslyn Rescue for comment were unavailing.

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Brandon Duffy

Brandon Duffy is a New Jersey-based reporter for The Island Now, a position he assumed in July of 2021. He covers news out of Floral Park, New Hyde Park, the Willistons and Mineola, previously reporting on business and elections.
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