NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – One person was killed when a tire flew off a truck and slammed into a car on Sunrise Highway in Suffolk County.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. Thursday near exit 39 in North Babylon.

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Investigators said the truck was heading west when it lost at least one tire.

The driver of the car died instantly.

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“I saw him sliding over into the on-ramp, the off-ramp, and then the vehicle right in front of me stopped. I had to come in between the two of them to avoid hitting them,” witness Leonardo Ragusa said.

“The tire then struck a 2007 Chevy SUV, causing damage to that vehicle. Both occupants of that vehicle were not injured,” said Det. Sgt. James Cullen.

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Witnesses said they didn’t think the truck driver realized the vehicle had lost a tire. Police are still looking for the truck.