Bronx Zoo Accident
The stretch of the Bronx river parkway that was the site of an accident that killed seven was known to be one of the state’s most accident prone stretches of roadway. A report filed by the State Department of Transportation noted that the area from the accident scene near the Bronx Zoo to five miles south at the Cross Bronx Expressway would need $8 million in repairs to eliminate limited sight distance on the southbound side. According to the report, the work is scheduled to begin in 2016.
On Sunday April 29, an out of control SUV carrying seven flipped over a four foot high guard rail and plunged over 50 feet before it landed upside down on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo. All seven occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. Officials said that the guard rail should be higher than 4 feet to be effective. Both the city and state Transportation departments declined to comment.
This is the second time in less than a year that cars have gone over the guardrail on this section of the Bronx River Parkway, one on the south side and on the north side.
New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said that safety concerns along that stretch of highway are being addressed and that new concrete barriers would be installed along the Bronx River Parkway where the fatal accident occurred.
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