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Four Killed in Parkway Crash in Malverne

Car slams into several trees in wooded area along Southern State Parkway

UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2012 at 10:40 a.m.

Four people were killed early Monday morning in Malverne when their car veered off the Southern State Parkway and slammed into several trees, according to reports.

The car had been traveling westbound when just before 4 a.m., the driver lost control and veered into the wooded area along the parkway near Exit 17, where the vehicle hit multiple trees.

The Lakeview Volunteer Fire Department, Nassau County and New York State Police were quickly on the scene. 

Four of the vehicle's occupants had been ejected from the car and were found scattered in the wooded area along the parkway. They were pronounced dead on arrival. A fifth person survived and was transported to a local hospital by Nassau County Police. His or her condition is currently not known.

The vehicle was split into two separate pieces, landing feet from each other, Lakeview Fire Chief Heather Senti told Patch. A large section of the car was wedged between a tree and a chain-linked fence on Taylor Road.

Speaking to CBS News, one resident who was awakened by the impact of the car striking a nearby tree said:

"The minute they hit the tree, the house shook. We started hearing a bunch of popping sounds and we thought there were explosions or gun shots ... it turned out [it] was all the debris in the street, all the cars passing kept hitting it.”

The identities of the victims have not yet been released, but witnesses say they appeared to be young, in their late teens or early twenties. A PS3 video game, a test prep manual, sneakers, backpacks, iPod cases and smartphones were all found among the wreckage. 

The crash shut down all westbound lanes of the parkway from Exits 17 to 19 for most of the morning as an accident investigation took place and firefighters were called back assist with the removal of the vehicle, and fuel and fluids that had spilled onto the roadway.

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J. amlett October 08, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I'm wondering if speed was a factor in this accident. I see so many young individuals speed racing on the Southern State Pkwy and it seems like they never learn.
Anne October 08, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Very sad - prayers to the families of these young people...
Ozone Park Native October 08, 2012 at 10:32 PM
This is a tragic story. May peace and love surround all involved at this most grieving time.
Melissa October 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Very deep touching tragedy, NYC needs more signals at such dangerous turns. God I hope u can give unconditional strength and faith for the families to move forward, rip to those souls, I don't personally know them but I've a brother around that age and I can't imagine myself faced with such a situation....
Clioscribe October 09, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Southern Parkway was never built for the speeds people go, or for the traffic that uses it. Robert Moses specifically built it for relaxed Sunday drives. The real lesson here has NOTHING to do with how unsuitable the parkway is for the number of cars we now have on Long Island.....The lesson here is to us parents. Buying a kid who only has a permit a car, allowing him to carry 4 passengers and be out at 4AM? How many bad decisions do you count?
oscar vasquez October 11, 2012 at 01:19 AM
my prayers go out to the families of those young men, kids, that lost their lives on the Southern State Deathway. I pray to God to give the families, strenght and consolement.I am a parent and i can't even begin to inmagine what the parents of those kids are going through.... God bless them today and always, only God could heal a torn heart.
Tara Conry (Editor) November 16, 2012 at 10:38 PM
UPDATE: http://patch.com/A-z96T
leila singh November 17, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Unfortunately, horrible accidents can happen when " teenage drivers" are involved in speeding! Worst yet, the victims were recent HS graduates with a full life ahead for the future! So very SAD!

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