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Bob Berg Killed in Car Accident

Tenor saxophonist Bob Berg died Thursday morning in Amagansett, N.Y. when a cement truck collided with his sport utility vehicle. He was 51. His wife, Arja, sustained multiple injuries, including two broken arms and face lacerations, and is currently in care at Southampton Hospital. The recent snowfall that covered parts of the Eastern U.S. contributed to or was perhaps the cause of the accident.

Driving east on Route 27 on Long Island, Berg was hit when the driver of a cement truck in the westbound lane swerved gently to avoid hitting a car that was making a right turn in front of him. The truck skidded fully into the eastbound lane and hit Berg’s vehicle. Berg was pronounced dead at the scene. Though doctors would not disclose any details about his wife’s condition, Southampton Hospital’s chief operating officer, Kevin Spiegel, told Newsday that “She is expected to do well.” The truck driver, Dennis Walker Jr., was uninjured. Authorities have determined that speed was not a factor in the collision’s fatal outcome.

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