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5 people hurt after car accident in New York

Five people, including a child, were injured following a serious crash on the Cross Bronx Expressway on the morning of Aug. 9, according to local authorities. New York police responded to the car accident just after 10:15 a.m., which involved an SUV and a tractor-trailer. The details are still being investigated by authorities.

According to the initial accident report, it appears that the SUV collided with a tractor-trailer near the Jerome Avenue exit. It was not immediately clear which driver was responsible for the crash, and details about the specifics of the collision are still being fleshed out. The SUV, which was carrying five passengers -- including four women and a child -- suffered the greatest damage.

Four of the five individuals were rushed to a local hospital with injuries described as serious but stable. It is unknown whether the child was counted in this number. It appears that the driver of the tractor-trailer was unhurt in the accident, though that information has yet to be confirmed by authorities. So far, police have not filed any formal charges against either driver, but they have not been forthcoming as to whether they suspect reckless driving or intoxication to be factors in this crash.

As the New York police investigation continues, more details about this car accident will likely come to light. If it can be determined if one or both drivers had a hand in causing the accident through action or inaction, one or both could face criminal charges. Additionally, injured parties or their legal guardians will be entitled to file personal injury suits against the person or persons deemed most responsible for the accident.

Source: New York Post, "Five injured in NYC car accident", Natasha Velez, Aug. 9, 2014

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