At around 3am this morning, a Mercedes Benz SUV carrying eight people was traveling fast down Atlantic Avenue near the Van Wyck Expressway. The car suddenly struck a beam for the AirTrain to JFK International Airport and spun out of control, flipping the SUV on its side. Immediately after, the vehicle burst into flames and responders who arrived soon after found the Benz on its passenger side and in flames.
The accident was fatal for five of the passengers: an 8-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy were two of the victims along with three adults. When the SUV hit the beam, some of the passengers were ejected from the front seat due to the impact of the hit. The other
three persons – the 45-year-old driver as well as her 7-year-old soon and a 26-year-old man – survived and are now in stable condition at nearby Jamaica Hospital.
The identifications of the passengers have yet to be released by the NYPD. However, police officials believe criminality may have been involved and the cause of the car’s accident is still not clear. No other vehicles were hit, either.
The Voice will keep you updated on this heinous event as authorities release more details related to the accident in Queens.