Former CBS News Correspondent Richard Threlkeld Killed In Amagansett Car Crash

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Richard Threlkeld, a former CBS News correspondent, was killed in a car crash this morning.

East Hampton Town Police say Threlkeld, 74, was heading north on the Cross Highway at around 8:18 a.m. when his Mini Cooper crashed with a propane tanker.

Threlkeld was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the truck, 57-year-old Earl Fryberger Jr., was not injured in the crash.

East Hampton Town Police are asking for witnesses to the accident to call them at (631) 537-7575.

Threlkeld worked for CBS News for more than 25 years. He was a regular contributor to the CBS Evening News and Sunday Morning. He covered the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars, among other conflicts.

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  1. Danny Bloom says:

    RE: “…..if he was driving a mini cooper, i can see why it was a fatal crash..they are cute and dont use much fuel,but chances in an accident are slim..my sympathy…” SIGH. Rest in Peace, Mr Threlked. as a 63 year old baby boomer just ten tears younger, I remember RT’s face and name and on air byline during the 1970s and 80s and 90s…..one of the best….sad ay to go, tragic accident, truck driver likely high on speed or durgs? then it’s murder!

  2. Mke Garrett says:

    Way back in the early 1980’s, Richard visited my farm in Sussex, NJ and did a story on the recession at that time. He was with Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, I think. The story was titled something like…Declining in Lafayette (a neigbhoring town.) My farm is named Shale Hills Farm. I would really like to get a copy of that story if anyone has an idea as to how I might find it. By the way, Threlkeld seemed like a really good guy. So sorry to hear the terrible news.

    1. Gerard Donovan says:

      Youtube would be my first try and then calling CBS re. archival material. They do keep stuff and hopefully from the Sunday Morning series as well.

  3. susan says:

    how sad for his amily..i remember his reporting and he was quite good..he also covered the whitehouse a lot..if he was driving a mini cooper, i can see why it was a fatal crash..they are cute and dont use much fuel,but chances in an accident are slim..my sympathy…

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