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East Moriches Crash Leaves Driver Dead

A person was killed when they crashed their SUV head-on into another truck in East Moriches on Friday night.

Suffolk County police said the person was driving a Jeep Liberty westbound on Montauk Highway when they crossed over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic and collided with an eastbound Ford pickup truck at 8:40 p.m.

The Jeep burst into flames and could not be separated from the Ford, police said. The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has not been identified.

The 24-year-old East Moriches man driving the other truck and his 6-month-old daughter escaped the flames and were taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue.

The baby was not injured and her father suffered minor injuries.

Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicles and are continuing the investigation.

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