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Driver sideswipes Suffolk police car, then overturns in West Babylon, police say

A police car and another vehicle were involved

A police car and another vehicle were involved in an accident on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon on May 25, 2015. Credit: Paul Mazza

A Suffolk highway patrol car was sideswiped by another vehicle that then hit a second car and overturned in West Babylon Monday night, temporarily shutting down two lanes of Sunrise Highway, Suffolk police said.

The crash was reported at 9:50 p.m. in the westbound lanes near Exit 39, Hubbard's Path, police said.

The officer was handling an earlier two-car accident when a Buick driven by an 84-year-old woman knocked off the mirror of his patrol car, police said early Tuesday. The patrol car's emergency lights were on, police said.

The Buick then hit a Hyundai that had been involved in the earlier crash, forcing the Hyundai into the guardrail, police said.

The Buick then overturned and landed in the middle lane of Sunrise Highway, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for nonlife-threatening injuries. She was given two summonses, police said.

There were no other injuries. The officer and the occupants of the Hyundai were not in their cars at the time they were struck, police said.

The right and middle lanes of the highway were closed for more than an hour, police said.

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