2 men accused of drag-racing on LIE

Police say two men racing at speeds of up to 145 mph caused a fiery crash at an Islandia gas station overnight.The accident happened on

CENTRAL ISLIP - Police say two men racing at speeds of up to 145 mph caused a fiery crash at an Islandia gas station overnight.

The accident happened on the North Service Road of the Long Island Expressway just after midnight.

According to the Suffolk Sheriff's Department, 20-year-old Joseph Skarka and 21-year-old Jeffrey Browne were drag-racing on the LIE.

After flying past a sheriff's deputy, they got off at exit 58 and lost control, police say. One of the cars jumped the curb, plowed through a fence and slammed into a gas pump. A surveillance camera at a Gulf gas station captured the car bursting into flames and its driver jumping out of the wreck.

The other car crashed into a fence across the intersection. No one was killed, and only one passenger was injured.

Both Skarka and Browne had their licenses suspended and are now facing several criminal charges. They are being held on $75,000 cash bail or $150,000 bond.

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