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Driver killed when truck hits charter bus on Long Island

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A driver was killed and two others were injured Tuesday morning when a pickup truck crossed the center line of Roslyn Road and slammed into the front of a Coach USA bus in Albertson, WABC-TV reported April 1.

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The crash, involving a 2006 Dodge Dakota and a Coach USA bus, occurred shortly after 9 a.m. along Roslyn Road near Heathcote Drive in Albertson.

A police spokesman said investigators believe the truck lost control while heading southbound and drifted into oncoming traffic before striking the front of the bus. Attempted to avoid the near-head-on collision, the bus driver apparently swerved away and hit a tree, a source said.

Speaking to reporters at the scene, the police spokesman, Insp. Kenneth Lack, said witnesses told police the truck was speeding before the crash.

Emergency rescuers worked for nearly an hour to free the bus driver and a passenger who was aboard the bus. Authorities said they suffered serious, but non-life-threatening injuries and were being treated at local hospitals. The driver of the pickup truck was killed in the collision.

A group of neighbors were gathered near the crash site Tuesday morning, many saying they were shocked and scared, as they watched emergency crews maneuver through the mangled wreckage to remove the injured parties.

“I heard a huge thud – a bang – it wasn’t like screeching of tires, it was just like a huge bang,” neighbor John Fiore said. “I was in my den, which backs up to Roslyn Road and I heard it.”

Fiore said he and his neighbors were “very, very concerned about speed” in their neighborhood, noting a residential development is just feet from the crash site.

“We’re careful,” he said. “It’s very scary, especially if you have children. You have them running around. You never know what could happen.”

Police were still investigating at the scene Tuesday afternoon and the bus remained lodged against a tree along Roslyn Road, which also remained closed to traffic.

Emergency Services Unit officers were on scene shortly before 2 p.m. and were seen removing the doors from the pickup truck before a police tow truck arrived and removed the mangled vehicle.