Early Sunday, a 2008 dark colored Mercedes Benz SUV carrying eight people was traveling eastbound on Atlantic Avenue in the New York borough of Queens around 3:15 a.m. when it hit a concrete pillar east of the Van Wyck Expressway, authorities said.
The impact flipped the car and sent it rolling over. Police said the severely mangled SUV ended up on its side and erupted into flames, according to a Fox News report.
Three adult passengers, all women, were declared dead at the scene, as were an 8-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
The driver, a 45-year-old woman, was undergoing surgery at Jamaica Hospital, said Joann Ariola of the hospital’s public affairs department. She said a 7-year-old boy was in stable condition in the pediatric emergency room, and a man was in stable condition and likely to be treated and soon released. Police said that the man was 26 years old.