MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, NY – Three people were killed when a car went off a roadway and fell onto railroad tracks in Manhattan early Monday morning, the Daily News reports.
Police said the driver of a BMW lost control of the vehicle while driving on the Henry Hudson Parkway near West 178th Street in Washington Heights at about 1:40 a.m. The car hit a concrete barrier, veered off the road and plunged about 500 feet onto the Amtrak tracks, then burst into flames.
One of the victims was identified as the driver, 39-year-old Edgar Valette, who was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. Also killed were two passengers in the vehicle, 28-year-old Kimberly Martinez and 30-year-old Michael Santos.
Police sources told the New York Post that speed appeared to have been a contributing factor in the wreck.
Two southbound lanes of the Henry Hudson Parkway were shut down while crews cleared the scene and police investigated. Amtrak alerted riders to expect delays between New York and Albany as a result of the crash.
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