NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A postal worker is in critical condition after being struck by a car while delivering mail on Long Island.

It happened just before 2 p.m. Tuesday on Prairie Drive in North Babylon.

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The postal worker was standing outside his vehicle loading mail into a bag when he was struck from behind by a Lincoln Continental that had veered off the road, Suffolk County police said. The car then hit the postal truck, a fire hydrant and a telephone pole.

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The postal worker was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The driver remained at the scene and was later arrested on reckless driving charges, police said.

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