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One dead in head-on crash in Farmingdale, police say

Nassau police investigate a deadly crash involving a

Nassau police investigate a deadly crash involving a minivan and a NICE bus on Conklin Street in Farmingdale on Wednesday night, May 31, 2017. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau police homicide detectives were investigating a head-on fatal accident between a NICE bus and a minivan Wednesday night in Farmingdale, police said.

A man, 39, was driving a minivan west on Conklin Street at about 9:41 p.m., when the vehicle collided head-on with a NICE bus in the eastbound lanes near Cherry Street, police said.

“The driver of the minivan was alone in the vehicle and pronounced deceased at the scene,” the police news release said.

The NICE bus had a driver and two passengers inside at the time of the accident. The driver and one passenger were taken to an area hospital for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police did not release the name of the man who was killed, pending notification of his family.

Andy Kraus, a spokesman for the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE), confirmed there was a fatality but had no other details. NICE bus officials were at the scene Wednesday night.

Police tape cordoned off the NICE bus and the minivan, which had a crumpled front and a white sheet placed across the window. The bus apparently sustained damage to the front-left side of the vehicle.

As midnight approached, detectives were taking photos of the vehicles, both of which were facing east.

Conklin Street was blocked off in both directions near St. Kilian’s Roman Catholic Church.

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