NEW YORK (AP) _ Film director Alan Pakula, who directed such American classics as ``Klute'' and ``All The Presidents Men,'' died Thursday in a car accident. He was 70.

Pakula was driving on the Long Island Expressway when a metal pipe crashed through the windshield, striking Pakula in the head, said Suffolk County Police spokesman Officer Santo DiStefano.

Pakula lost control of his 1995 Volvo, veered off the road and crashed into a fence, the officer said.