1 Dead as Truck Swerves Into Path of Bus

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    A man was killed Tuesday morning when his speeding pickup truck drifted into the path of a charter bus on Long Island and was struck head-on, authorities said. Andrew Siff has the story. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    A man was killed Tuesday morning when his speeding pickup truck drifted into the path of a charter bus on Long Island and was struck head-on, authorities said.

    The driver of the bus and its lone passenger were injured and were in serious condition after the 9 a.m. crash on the border of Roslyn and Albertson in Nassau County, police said.

    Nassau County Police Inspector Kenneth Lack said the 2006 Dodge Dakota was heading southbound on Roslyn Road, near Heathcote Drive, when it drifted into the northbound lane, as the charter bus was approaching.

    Witnesses told police that the bus appeared to swerve in an attempt to avoid the truck, but was not able to clear it. The bus then crashed into a tree, Lack said.

    The truck driver was identified as 43-year-old Facuno R. Ponce of Glen Head. 

    Neighbors said they have been concerned about speeding in the area, where the speed limit was already lowered from 40 mph to 30 mph.

    --Andrew Siff contributed to this story