Four killed, two injured in wrong-way crash


OYSTER BAY, NY (NASSAU COUNTY) – A wrong-way crash on Long Island claimed the lives of four people and injured two others on Tuesday morning, according to a story in the New York Post.

The accident happened near exit 29 of the Southern State Parkway in Oyster Bay at about 5:10 a.m., when 33-year-old Marvin Balcaseres is thought to have entered the highway from Exit 30 or 31, driving against the flow of traffic.

Balcaseres, operating a 1998 Toyota Camry, drew multiple 911 calls reporting a wrong-way driver. Despite multiple New York State Troopers being on the highway at the time, they were unable to detain Balcaseres in time. After about a minute of wrong-way driving, Balcaseres crashed head-on into a 2011 Nissan Rogue with four people inside, near exit 29.

Three people in the Nissan—34-year-old Ivis Sanchez-Cordova, 56-year-old Edith Magana, and the driver, Ruben Sanchez-Flores, 67—died at the scene of the crash. Balcaseres was also killed. There was no other person in the Camry with him at the time of the crash. The fourth occupant of the Nissan, Nadia Sanchez-Cordova, 44, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for the treatment of critical injuries.

50-year-old Queens resident Steven Miller swerved to avoid a collision with the rear of the Nissan, crashing his Suzuki SUV into the Camry instead. Miller was the only driver to escape injury or death in the accident. A motorcyclist, 32-year-old Georgia resident Roberto Mack, also crashed as a result of the accident, after striking debris while attempting to avoid the accident. He received non-critical injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

According to authorities, at least two people in the Nissan were related and are thought to have been commuting to Farmingdale for work. Multiple vehicles sustained heavy damage in the pileup, and a fire broke out in the aftermath of the crash. A police representative described it as “a chaotic scene.”

It was not immediately clear if intoxicated driving played a factor in the collision. Authorities are continuing to investigate the wrong-way crash, and we will update this story if more details become available.

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