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Fatal crash between street sweeper, truck

Investigators at the scene of a fatal accident

Investigators at the scene of a fatal accident involving an overturned street sweeper and a truck Friday morning, May 9, 2014, which closed southbound Peninsula Boulevard at the Southern State Parkway, on the border of Lakeview and Rockville Centre. Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

The driver of a street sweeper was killed in a rollover crash Friday morning when he struck another truck twice in Lakeview, Nassau police said.

Nathaniel Burns Jr., 49, of Brooklyn was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:55 a.m., minutes after the crash occurred, police said.

The other driver was treated for minor injuries at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, police said.

The commercial vehicles were going south on Peninsula Boulevard when they collided near Eagle Avenue, police said.

The other driver, in an International Harvester truck, told investigators that his vehicle was rear-ended by the sweeper, police said. According to his account, the momentum of the impact shoved his truck into another southbound lane before the sweeper rebounded into his vehicle, hitting the driver side front wheel, fender and bumper, police said.

The sweeper then slammed into the center median guardrails, rolled over and ended up on its roof, police said.

Southbound Peninsula Boulevard was closed at the Southern State Parkway until noon.At the crash site the sweeper could be seen with its cab mangled. The other truck, which has an enclosure in the back to hold traffic cones, was the type of vehicle familiar on road construction projects.

The truck, from Intercounty Paving in Hicksville, had been headed to a project at Hempstead Lake State Park, state officials said.

A man who answered the phone at Intercounty Paving declined to comment.

The sweeper belongs to L. Peres & Associates, a real estate developer and property management company in Edgewater, New Jersey. Officials there did not return calls.

Both vehicles were impounded for safety inspections.

There does not appear to be any criminality involved, police said, but the investigation continues.

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