Long Island Press reports that the traffic is due to police investigating a fatal accident West of Little East Neck Road. Story: here.
If you must go or are going Westbound on Sunrise, your best bet appears to be to get off at Exit 40, Rt. 231, and take the service road.
Update at 6:40pm – Things look better on Deer Park Avenue North, though, as of sometime after 6:30pm, there were still reports of lanes being closed by Little Eastneck Road near Sunrise Highway.
Update on accident – Newsday reports that the accident and investigation happened because a woman died when her car stopped suddenly on Sunrise Highway, and she was hit by a truck. Very sad.
For anyone on the road, wondering. Outside our window on Deer Park Avenue, traffic is sooo backed up. So, went to investigate. There was an accident on Sunrise Highway. I cannot see it, but it is north of 231, north of Deer Park Avenue, and north of Hubbard’s Path — at Little Eastneck Road.
It is very backed up going North on Deer Park Avenue from Sunrise to Southern State. Try to avoid Sunrise for awhile. (It is 5:51pm on Wednesday, August 24th.)
Photos and video from 5:45ish pm. (It is better now):