Five people were killed and another three were seriously injured in a devastating single-car accident in Queens last month. The aftermath of the crash was so catastrophic that Fire Department Chief Stephen Browne told the New York Daily News that it was the worst single-car accident he had seen in over 25 years.
The accident occurred on Atlantic Avenue early in the morning on Sunday, July 22. According to witnesses, the SUV was speeding and ran two red lights before striking a concrete pillar that supports the AirTrain to JFK Airport. The vehicle then flipped over several times before exploding into flames.
Said Chief Brown, “To see this much human life devastation in a single-car accident on a side street is not normal.”
Five of the vehicle’s passengers – three adult women, an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy – were all declared dead at the scene. Three others, including the driver, survived but had to be extricated with the Jaws of Life. At last report, the survivors were all hospitalized in stable condition
New York Speeding Accidents
The accident serves as a tragic reminder of just how dangerous speeding can be. Many people mistakenly believe that speeding isn’t as dangerous late at night, because there aren’t as many cars on the road. However, a collision with another vehicle is only a small part of the potential threat. There is an even greater chance that the driver will lose control of the vehicle. Rollover accidents and collisions with road structures are just as dangerous as crashing into another vehicle.