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Cops: Lakeland FD ambulance hits car carrying man, dog

Suffolk County Officer Joseph Goss, left, carries Grace,

Suffolk County Officer Joseph Goss, left, carries Grace, as Sixth Precinct Officer Gary Thompson pets the dog. Officials said a Lakeland Fire Department ambulance crashed into a car, injuring the driver, Grace's owner, on the Long Island Expressway in Islandia on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Credit: James Carbone

A Lakeland Fire Department ambulance struck a car carrying a man and his dog on the Long Island Expressway Monday morning, Suffolk County police said.

After responding to a multivehicle crash on the westbound LIE, the ambulance made a U-turn between exits 58 and 59 in Islandia and hit a 2015 Subaru driving eastbound at 10:23 a.m., according to police.

The driver of the Subaru was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for nonlife-threatening injuries. His dog, Grace, was taken to an animal hospital to be evaluated, police said.

Two EMTs in the ambulance were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for minor injuries.

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