UPDATE: Former CBS Newsman Killed in Crash

Police say Richard Threlkeld's Mini Cooper and a propane truck collided at the traffic light.

AMAGANSETT, NY. -- Police have confirmed Richard Threlkeld, a 74-year-old television news correspondent who worked for CBS News for 25 years, was killed Friday when the Mini Cooper he was driving collided with a propane truck in Amagansett on Long Island.

Chief Ed Ecker, who was on scene while detectives started investigating the two-vehicle crash, which happened at 8:18 a.m., said the accident occurred in the intersection, at the traffic light, where Montauk Highway meets Abraham's Path and Cross Highway, near .

According to a statement released by Detective Lt. Chris Anderson, Threlkeld was traveling north on Cross Highway when his 2008 Mini Cooper collided with a 2005 Peterbilt propane tanker driven by Earl Fryberger Jr., who was going east on Montauk Highway.

Fryberger, who is 57 and lives in Coatesville, PA, was not injured in the collision.

The Mini Cooper's driver's side was severely damaged. The car ended up by the sign, taking down part of a split rail fence and a traffic sign. Second Assistant Chief Dwayne Denton said heavy rescue equipment was used to remove the car door and push the dashboard up to remove the driver.

"It was a matter of minutes before we got him out," Denton said. transported the driver to , where he was pronounced dead.

The propane truck came to a rest on the south side of Montauk Highway, east of Brent's. The truck did not sustain major damage.

Safety checks will be conducted on both vehicles.

According to his biography, Threlkeld covered such some of the biggest stories in American history from Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination to Patty Hearst’s kidnapping, as well as covering the Vietnam War and the Tiananmen Square protests.

He served as co-anchor of the CBS Morning News with Lesley Stahl in the late 1970s. After leaving CBS in 1981, he worked for ABC News’s “World News Tonight” show, filing a piece called  “Status Reports” each week, for which he won a DuPont-Columbia Award in 1983. He finished his career at CBS, retiring as the Moscow correspondent in 1999.

He is also the author of “Dispatches From the Former Evil Empire” about the former Soviet Empire during the end of Boris Yeltsin's regime.

He is survived by his wife Betsy Aaron, a former CNN News correspondent.

Glass covered portions of Montauk Highway and police shut down the highway in both directions between Brent's and the American Legion on Friday morning to do accident reconstruction. Eastbound traffic was being diverted down Skimhampton Road. Westbound traffic was being diverted down Oak Lane. Cross Highway was also closed off.

allie ford January 14, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Poo Doo...condolences would be more appropriate than criticism.....
carla gagliotti January 14, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I agree 110% with you Allie...GOD speed...
frances villani January 14, 2012 at 01:34 AM
frankv. 8:30pm It was his calling from the higher up who decides our destiny.
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 01:42 AM
frank ...you seem sure about that big daddy in the sky with the big deep voice. Do you also believe in the tooth fairy?
Lynn J January 14, 2012 at 02:09 AM
wow auntie I feel sorry for you.
Skip January 14, 2012 at 02:10 AM
I wish users weren't allowed to comment on stories. #getalife
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 02:25 AM
why? precisely...
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 02:25 AM
the first amendment must really drive you bonkers.
Emptywagon Legendryder January 14, 2012 at 02:43 AM
thanks allie ford. there is still compassion in america!
tm January 14, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Big difference between exercising first amendment rights and having the inability to show compassion or having any recognition that you are commenting on an article about a man who was killed this morning.
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 05:13 AM
I'm talking about your desire to be the decider about which opinions get spoken and which don't.... You say people shouldn't "BE ALLOWED".....(your words).. to comment. I wrote about the man who died here, opining that in the eighth decade of life, a public figure, having achieved professional excellence, to die suddenly without the more typical descent into illness and dementia...seems to me NOT to be tragic.
Ted David January 14, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Many of these comments remind me of how horrid the human condition has become. Ignorance compounded by stupidity compounded by nastiness. Amazing what a tragic car accident brings out in people. The story is about a well known and superior newsman who died in a car accident. The rest is superfluous and or irrelevant.
Dennis January 14, 2012 at 07:53 AM
It will be interesting to see the autopsy - the car doesn't look that badly damaged - makes one wonder if his heart gave out after the accident, or if he got impaled - I also feel that we need to look at each accident and learn what we can from it. Yes, of course the bigger vehicle "wins" - but the passenger compartment of the car looks pretty much intact.
Steven R. Russell January 14, 2012 at 09:12 AM
"Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." -God's Word. Ready or not, if it's your time to go, you're a gonner.
Marthana Wilson January 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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Matt McKee January 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Thank you for your input.
Dana Alison January 14, 2012 at 01:47 PM
A car crash is always a sudden and horrifying way to meet your end. My heart is with his wife and family, who surely didn't expect to hear such tragic news. Everyone, drive safely. Life is short and can end unexpectedly.
Tlon January 14, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I also feel sorry for the man who was driving the Propane truck. It was an accident and he will have to live with this...and he is far from home now.
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
really? a "gonner"???? really? who knew?
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM
well you can imagine that if you'd like...however if someone in their eighth decade of life and in good health has a sudden and unexpected death from a collision with a propane tanker truck or other such device..and is killed on impact..poof...you are gone...it is not necessarily horrifying. as in ..it's better to croak suddenly ..shazam..than to linger for months or years with disease ..or would you prefer the agony of endless, ineffective chemotherapy , radiation..or heart surgery .or failing lungs...I'll take the instant release..any day over the lingering nonsense.....as for the life is short and can end unexpectedly warning...did you just discover this?
Sharon Tompkins January 14, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Richard's obituary is in the Times today if anyone wants to read about his remarkable life.
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 06:33 PM
a fabulous news guy who had us all at "hello". ...part of the passing of a better era.
Penny Benbenek January 14, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Hey Taylor, just a thought...I'm all for freedom of the press & all. And Mr. Threlkeld was probably in favor of the same, but these comment sections continue to get way out of control. Imagine this poor man's family viewing this article & the comments that follow? It's just distressing. Maybe some articles just shouldn't have a comment section? That's the beauty of a paper news source...people can comment, after the article, by sending a letter to the editor or a mass card to the family or attending the funeral. This instant online response set up just invites the sarcasm, inane & inappropriate postings of the few. The man & his family deserve so much more than that. I love Patch and the access you provide. It's just my opinion, but since there's no real way to filter comments, other than us, the public, flagging them as inappropriate...there should be some way to honor Mr Threlkeld's life instead of this article becoming a New York Post tribute.
Christine Craft January 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
at the time of his sudden demise, Mr. Threlkeld was married to a well-known newswoman..Betsy Aaron. Both had covered rape, murder, mayhem, war and pillage at considerable risk to their personal health and safety..I seriously doubt that Ms. Aaron is unable to handle a discussion of which is better at age 74...a quick demise ,or a long lingering, unfortunate one.
Barbara F January 14, 2012 at 11:21 PM
No offense, but I've had enough. How do I stop getting these updates sent to my phone?
allie ford January 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Barbara F....I'm with you!!! I've been trying to figure that out since yesterday! It's becoming too overwhelming to read some of the nonsense people are writing....especially Auntie Christine...whom I'm suspecting is actually a man....
Barbara F January 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM
PLEASE. The unsubscribe link doesn't work and I am so tired of logging in. Patch are u there?
Christine Craft January 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
poor allie is so distressed at my "nonsense" that she is overwhelmed. She suspects that because she doesn't like what I say, that I am a man. I ask you , what does Allie have against men? to make that pejorative? Alternatively, I'll admit that hoping you will die quickly in your eighth decade, having achieved excellence in your industry, to die quickly and unsuspectingly ...I'll admit that is a troubling thought for the long-suffering types who would prefer a , drawn-out battle with terminal illness. I'll opt for the former..and Allie..if you see a post you just can't bear....to read......don't. simple, really. btw. i am woman all woman , could have you for lunch and still be hungry
Christine Craft January 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I suggest that you throw your phone in the toilet..works wonders.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) January 15, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I have to agree that the comment stream has become a bit off topic. I'm shutting down the comment stream for this article, as I cannot monitor this story 24/7.


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