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7 People Reported Dead After Van Flips off Overpass and Plunges 50+ Feet Near Bronx Zoo


Seven people, including three children, died Sunday after their van plunged over the railing of an elevated highway and crashed to the street below near the Bronx Zoo.

A fire department spokesman told the New York Post the van was driving on the Bronx River Parkway at about 12:30 p.m. when it went over.


Police said the van was headed south Sunday afternoon on the Bronx River Parkway. It bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes over to the guardrail and fell 100 feet into the yard.

According to the Associated Press, the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 30; and three girls, ages 12, 10 and 7, all of whom were in the van.

“It’s terrible, just carnage. The passengers didn’t stand a chance,” a New York Fire Department source told the Post of the scene.

Initial reports said the van fell between 50 and 60 feet.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

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