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Fiery crash on Bronx expressway kills 2

2020-07-22

A man and a woman in a speeding BMW died on a Bronx expressway after their vehicle struck two light poles, flew over a median into oncoming traffic, hit several other vehicles and caught fire, officials said Tuesday.

The 2011 BMW X1 was zipping south on the Bruckner Expressway when the man driving lost control near Hollywood Ave. in Pelham Bay about 11:45 p.m. Monday while navigating a curve in the road. The luxury vehicle veered onto a grassy shoulder and struck the light poles, cops said.

The BMW broke apart as it launched over the median into the northbound lanes, sending broken car parts raining down on passing vehicles below.

A Ford Fiesta and a Toyota Rav 4 were traveling north in the center lane when they were struck by pieces of the airborne BMW, police said.

A Honda CRV and another Toyota Rav 4 were struck by the BMW when it crashed down onto the roadway. A sixth vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, also crashed into the Honda CRV during the mayhem.

The BMW and three of the damaged vehicles burst into flames upon impact, police said.

The man and woman in the BMW died at the scene. Cops were still trying to identify them hours later.

Medics took two people in one of the other vehicles to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were in stable condition. Those in the remaining cars suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, cops said.

The expressway was briefly shut down as cops investigated the fiery crash.