CBS Local News New York reported recently that treacherous conditions caused by major snowstorms may have been a contributing factor in a brutal nineteen vehicle pileup on the Henry Hudson Parkway (New York State Route 9A) last Wednesday. December 16 that sent six people to the hospital.
According to responders from the multiple law enforcement and emergency agencies that responded to the massive accident, the incident took place between 5:55 p.m. and 6:05 p.m. Eastern Standard Time near 181st Street. At least nine cars had to be towed away and six people were taken to local hospitals, four with serious injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening and two more with minor injuries.
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The incident shut down the southbound lanes of the highway and also led to major delays in the northbound lanes. The incident led NYPD officers to announce ‘if you don’t need to be out, please stay home’ due to reports of cars stuck, spinning tires, many accidents, and the time it takes for the New York City Sanitation Department to finish plowing the roads.
“Every New Yorker who wants tomorrow to go smoothly, stay off the roads tonight, stay off the roads in the morning, let these guts do their job and help them be safe,” the NYC Mayor said in a statement.