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9 people injured following car accident in New York

A serious car crash in the Bronx left nine people injured, two critically, according to local sources. New York authorities are still trying to determine how the single-car accident occurred on the morning of April 25. So far, police have not filed criminal charges in connection with the wreck.

According to reports, the SUV carrying all nine individuals may have been speeding when it hit a wall on the New England Thruway just before 5 a.m. The vehicle crushed itself against the wall so completely that it took firefighters considerable time and the use of high-powered Hurst tools to free the occupants from what remained of the vehicle. Shockingly, no one was killed in the initial impact.

All nine occupants were taken to local hospitals with varying injuries. Two occupants, including the driver, were critically injured in the crash. There are concerns the driver, a 28-year-old local man, may not survive. It is unclear whether police suspect drug or alcohol use to be factors in this crash, but speeding may very well have contributed to the accident. The investigation is still under way as of this writing.

If it is determined that the driver was intoxicated and/or acting recklessly when the car accident occurred, he may face criminal responsibility for the accident, should he survive. The other occupants of the SUV may be entitled to file New York personal injury lawsuits against him or his estate if he succumbs to his injuries. The existence of criminal evidence of wrongdoing would likely bolster any civil case.

Source: New York Daily News, "9 hurt, 2 critical after SUV crashes into wall on New England Thruway in the Bronx", Joseph Stepansky, April 25, 2014

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