An SVU crashed into a concrete pillar in the early morning of July 22, killing two kids and three adults. Three more people survived and were taken to the hospital in stable condition. The vehicle flipped over upon impact and burst into flames on Atlantic Avenue in Queens, New York. Read about the horrific accident.
An 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy are now dead after an SVU carrying eight passengers slammed into a concrete pillar supporting the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy International Airport. The vehicle blew through two red lights before crashing into the pole, rolling over, and bursting into flames. Emergency workers are calling it the worst single-vehicle wreck they have ever seen.
“This is the worst single-car accident I’ve gone to in my career,” Chief Stephen Browne, a 26-year FDNY veteran, told the New York Daily News. “To see this much human life devastation in a single-car accident on a side street is not normal.”
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz SUV was speeding on Atlantic Avenue in Queens, New York after leaving a Nigerian heritage festival. The driver ran two stoplights before crashing her car, witnesses said.
At the scene, firefighters had to extinguish the engine fire and rescue the passengers inside at the same time. The 9-year-old boy died at the scene, and the 8-year-old girl was thrown from the vehicle and found dead on the ground about 10 feet away. Three more women also died, including Nnenna Obioha, 57, who helped organize the event.
The survivors include the driver, her 7-year-old son, and a 26-year-old man. They were all taken Jamaica Hospital in stable condition.
At witness to the crash said the vehicle nearly hit him before crashing into the pillar.
“All I saw was headlights,” Ryan Jardine, 24, tol New York Daily News.“She ran the light, almost hit us and then hit the pole. She swerved to avoid impacting us. We saw the car just hit the pole, and it went into a somersault. It just started flipping. It was horrible.”
Alcohol is reportedly not a factor in the accident.
What a tragedy, HollyMoms. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families.
— Christina Stiehl
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