new york – Police are investigating after five people were killed in a crash on Cross Island Parkway in Queens early Monday morning.
A nearby surveillance camera captured the loud crash just before 6 a.m., when a Mazda SUV rolled over and the fatal crash occurred, minutes before police were called to the scene.
“When I heard the noise, I knew it was terrible. It was earth-shaking. I could hear metal crunching,” neighbor Frank Steele said.
“It’s a terrible thing to say, but it happens all the time. It happens all the time, and when I hear it, I pray. I’m like, ‘Lord, please don’t let anyone die,'” neighbor Edith Caruso said. Ta.
All five people in the Mazda were pronounced dead at the scene. At least three adult passengers were found outside the vehicle, police said.
The crash, involving a white male Honda Pilot driver, occurred in the northbound lanes of Cross Island Parkway near Exit 36 on the south side of the Whitestone Expressway, authorities said. The driver of the Honda was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
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“I never use that exit. I just always avoid it. It’s too dangerous for me,” neighbor Loredana Riggio said.
Mr. Riggio and his daughter Marissa, affectionately known as Riggio, were among the passers-by who watched the accident scene from an overpass at the famous bend in the highway.
“This is a dead man’s curve,” Rod Snedekor said. “It’s a tight curve, it always is. There are a lot of accidents.”
“I think at some point someone actually went there and painted it to let everyone know… They spray painted ‘Dead Man’s Curve,'” Marissa Riggio said. Told.
“A terrible tragedy, always in this area,” Mike DiMarco said. “Cars go through this curve very quickly, but I don’t think people realize how steep a curve it actually is.”
The northbound lanes of the curve were closed for seven hours starting Monday morning while police investigated, and slow traffic was redirected to Exit 36 North.
“This happens at the beginning of the new year. It’s terrible,” Marissa Riggio said.
“Simply put, they really need to do something here,” Snedekor said.
Police have not yet identified the five people who died and are still investigating how fast the car was traveling. It is still unclear who is at fault.