5 dead, 3 critical after horrific Queens, Newark crashes

Carol D'Auria
January 25, 2020 - 10:35 am
3 killed in Queens crash

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Early morning crashes in Queens and Newark on Saturday left five people dead and three more fighting for their lives.

The first crash happened in Newark, near 16th Avenue and Hunterdon Street, around 3:45 a.m. It left two women dead and two men in critical condition, police said.

The car the victims were traveling in was on 16th Avenue when it slammed into a tree, splitting the vehicle into eight pieces.

One woman died at the scene and a second woman was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Three other people were rushed to a hospital, two of them in critical condition, according to police.

The crash is being investigated by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

A second, wrong-way crash in Queens around 6 a.m. left two men and one woman in two vehicles dead, police said.

Two of the victims were driving in a black Honda Accord the Grand Central Parkway, between Exit 23 and Exit 24 in Glen Oaks, when they crashed into a gray 2010 Hyundai sedan.

Police said the Honda had entered the westbound lanes at Exit 24, near the Cross Island Parkway, while traveling eastbound.

The two men in the Honda were killed. A woman in the passenger seat of the Hyundai also died, police said. They were all in their 20s and 30s.

The 26-year-old man driving the Hyundai was in critical condition at an area hospital Saturday.

The crash is being investigated by the NYPD. Police said they don’t know what caused the driver of the Honda to travel the wrong way.

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