Woman killed when tractor-trailer slams into her SUV on Cross Bronx Expresssway


BRONX, NEW YORK – A woman was killed in a fiery multi-vehicle wreck on the Cross Bronx Expressway early Tuesday morning, reports WABC.

The accident happened in the expressway’s westbound lanes near the Major Deegan Expressway in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx at about 12:35 a.m.  Police said a woman driving a Range Rover SUV struck the back of a tractor-trailer contracted by the US Postal Service, and came to a stop while waiting for police to arrive.

At that point, another tractor-trailer slammed into the back of the Range Rover, causing it to go up in flames.  The fire spread to the first tractor-trailer.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  She was identified as 49-year-old Shelly Vilsaint of Bayonne, New Jersey, a special education teacher.  The drivers of the two trucks both managed to escape their vehicles without being seriously injured and remained at the scene.

The incident led to massive traffic backups for drivers on Tuesday morning.  The westbound lanes of the Cross Bronx Expressway were shut down with drivers diverted onto Jerome Avenue.

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