4 People Killed In 2 Separate Crashes Overnight In The Bronx

Steve Burns
July 21, 2020 - 7:33 am
Bruckner Expressway Crash

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Four people were killed in two separate crashes overnight Tuesday in the Bronx, according to city officials. 

Two people were killed on the Bruckner Expressway when a speeding vehicle flipped into oncoming traffic and exploded into flames around midnight.

Multiple other vehicles caught fire and at least one twisted into a V-shape. The wreck was still visible Tuesday morning where shells of cars were burned out along the roadway.

Police say six people were injured in that crash as well. At least two people were transported to St. Barnabas Hospital with minor injuries; others refused medical treatment.

While the cause remains under investigation, a relative told WCBS 880 his nephew was among the deceased and racing was to blame.

“My nephew, he was racing, and he tried to make a turn and he crashed, and he flipped over into the opposite side of the highway and he hit three cars,” the relative said. 

The nephew’s girlfriend was also in the car, according to the uncle – who only wished to be identified as Johnny.

Johnny said his 18-year-old nephew liked to race, often going upwards of 100 mph.

The Bruckner Expressway was closed in both directions for hours approaching Country Club Road as emergency crews worked to clear the site. 

Southbound traffic was moving again by 5:30 a.m., but the northbound lanes had remained closed until around 7 a.m.

Just a few hours before the fiery crash, and a few blocks over, rescuers were out on Eastchester Bay to tend to a water collision. 

Authorities say two jet skis speeding on the water collided at around 8:45 p.m., according to police. Both drivers were killed; bringing the fatality total to four for the evening. 

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