A Nassau County police detective was killed in an early-morning crash Wednesday when his crossover SUV crashed into a tractor trailer as he was exiting the Northern State Parkway in Carle Place, police said.

Nassau police identified the detective as Alfred Samaniego. The police department did not release Samangiego’s age or say how long he was on the force.

Homicide detectives said Samaniego was exiting the Northern State Parkway on the westbound Glen Cove Road ramp just before 1 a.m. when the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali he was driving crossed over the northbound lanes and struck a U.S. mail tractor trailer driving southbound.

Samaniego was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

“The Nassau County Police Department regretfully announces the victim in this Fatal Vehicular Accident has been identified as Nassau County Detective Alfred A. Samaniego,” Nassau County police Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lack said in a statement.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured, police said.

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