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Suffolk County Police Sixth Squad detectives are investigating a two-vehicle crash that killed a woman and her daughter in Yaphank this morning.

Jose Ducos was driving a 2019 Thomas Built mini bus southbound on County Road 101 when he attempted to make a left turn onto Express Drive South and the bus was struck by a northbound 2019 Nissan Sentra at approximately 7:35 a.m.

The driver of the Nissan,  Jacklyn Smolian, 31, of East Patchogue, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her daughter, Joelaya Smolian-Davenport, 1, who was in a car seat in the backseat of the vehicle, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in Patchogue and later transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Ducos, 73, of Medford, and Aria Mingo, 61, of Bellport, a matron on the bus, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Both vehicles were impounded for a safety check. Detectives are asking anyone with information on the crash to call the Sixth Squad at 631-854-8652.