Suffolk County police say a car traveling westbound on the Long Island Expressway struck a median, overturned and burst into flames. The single-car crash occurred around noon on Monday near the Nicolls Road exit in Holtsville.
Multiple Good Samaritans pulled the driver from the vehicle, which was engulfed by flames, and administered first aid, police said.
The driver, a woman who has not been identified, was taken by Suffolk police helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition.
The accident closed all westbound lanes at Exit 62 for several hours.