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SUV flips, slides back into traffic, starts 17-car pileup that closes NY road through AM rush

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MOUNT KISCO, New York — A driver whose SUV flipped over onto an embankment and then slid back down into traffic started a 17-car pileup that closed a stretch of a suburban New York parkway through the Wednesday morning rush, police said.

Westchester County police said there were several minor injuries and 14 cars had to be towed away from the scene on the Saw Mill Parkway in Mount Kisco.

Temperatures were well below freezing at the time but police spokesman Kieran O'Leary said the weather did not appear to be a major factor in the pileup.

"The road had been salted and sanded an hour earlier, so it wasn't a sheet of ice or anything," he said. "A few drivers told us the right lane may have been slippery but most of the 17 said it was the curve and the darkness that kept them from stopping in time."

O'Leary did not know if the driver of the SUV was among those who mentioned icing.

He said that at about 6:40 a.m., the SUV's driver lost control and the vehicle flipped over and landed on an embankment.

"It slid down the embankment back onto the pavement and hit a car, and that started it," he said. "It's a curve there. They had no time to react."

Southbound lanes were closed south of Route 133 until 9:20 a.m.

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