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Dix Hills LIE Crash Leaves Driver Dead

A 30-year-old North Babylon man was killed in a fiery crash with a truck on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills early Monday morning.

Suffolk County police said Joseph Pritchard was driving a Dodge pickup truck that stopped for an unknown reason in the westbound right lane of the LIE near exit 51 before being rear-ended by a International box truck at 2:23 a.m.

Both trucks burst into flames upon impact. Pritchard was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the box truck, 34-year-old Eduardo Garcia of the Bronx, was taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The truck is owned by Barakat Trucking.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks while the investigation is continuing.

Second Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8252 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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