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One person killed, four injured in Yaphank crash

A Suffolk 911 dispatcher fled the county's emergency dispatch center Monday after a call came in reporting that her husband and three young children were involved in a fatal traffic accident in Yaphank, authorities said.

A 76-year-old man from East Windsor, N.J., died in the accident at 4:55 p.m. yesterday at the corner of Horseblock Road and Patchogue-Yaphank Road, Suffolk police said.

The New Jersey man, driving a 2001 Chevy Cavalier, struck a 2009 Honda minivan carrying the dispatcher's husband and three children, ages 4, 5 and 8, authorities said.

The Honda driver and two of the three children were treated for minor injuries at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue, police said. The 5-year-old, a boy, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Medical Center for treatment of an eye laceration, police said.

Cheryl Felice, the president of the Suffolk County Association of Municipal Employees, the union which represents county dispatchers, said a dispatcher ran from the 911 call center.

"It was the dispatcher's husband and their three children," Felice said.

Felice said it was unclear whether the dispatcher herself received the call of the accident or whether she heard it from a nearby colleague.

Police were unable to confirm details of the story last night. Felice said she did not know the dispatcher's name.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, police said.

Fifth Squad detectives asked that any witnesses to the accident call detectives at 631-854-8552.

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