Wrong-Way Accident In Brooklyn Causes Vehicle To Catch Fire, Five Sent To Hospital
According to the Federal Highway Administration, wrong-way collisions are responsible for about 300 to 400 roadway fatalities each year. They are uncommon, accounting for only about 3% of all accidents. Despite this, these types of collisions are the most likely to result in a fatality. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the fatality rate for wrong-way accidents is between 12- and 27 percent higher than all other types of collisions. Wrong-way collisions often have simple causes, such as intoxicated drivers, distracted drivers, drivers who are unfamiliar with the roadways in the area, poorly marked signs and ramps, and drivers who are drowsy.
PIX 11 reports on a deadly wrong-way accident that occurred in Brooklyn.
The crash occurred just before 1 a.m. when a Chevy Impala drove the wrong way down a Brownsville street. It crashed into a Nissan Altima with five people inside.
The crash was located near the intersection of Chester Street and Sutter Avenue. The force of the accident caused one of the vehicles to flip and catch fire.
A 27-year-old man who was seriously injured was transported to the hospital in cardiac arrest. Another passenger also suffered from serious injuries. The other three passengers only had minor injuries.
All five were transported to the hospital.
The victims were visited in the hospital by police chaplain Bishop Willie Billips. He credited the work of the NYPD and NYFD for acting quickly to get all of the victims treated and taken to nearby hospitals.