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STOPPED SHORT: The driver of a 2003 Infiniti was decapitated after slamming into the back of a stopped flatbed while trying to evade the police, officers said.
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HELP: The passenger from the Inifiniti fared better than the driver, but was taken to Luthern Medical Center.
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JOLTED: The driver of the flatbed was uninjured.
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NEAR AND FAR: The crash happened directly outside of Long Island College Hospital, background, but the sedan passenger and a police officer were transported to Lutheran Medical Center four miles away.

A driver was decapitated this morning when he crashed into the back of a flatbed truck as he tried to escape police on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, police said.

“The guy’s head was in the back seat,” a police spokesman said.

The chase that led to the grisly collision began when cops pulled over the motorist behind the wheel of a 2003 Infiniti sedan near the merger of the Prospect and Gowanus expressways shortly before noon, cops said. The driver stopped momentarily, but then took off towards Downtown, officers stated.

Police pursued him to the Atlantic Avenue exit, where he tried to exit but slammed into the back of the truck waiting for the light.

An ambulance took the car’s passenger to Lutheran Medical Center, Fire Department officials said, and an officer on the scene was also transported to the hospital to be treated for shock, according to cops.

The truck’s driver was not injured, officials said.

The crash happened mere feet from the former site of Long Island College Hospital, but the so-called “emergency department” in the shell of the former medical center does not accept ambulances. Lutheran is four miles away in Sunset Park.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at mperlman@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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