According to multiple media outlets, three men are dead after their truck is hit by a semi and smashed into another during a multiple-vehicle chain-reaction wreck in Bronx, New York, on Tuesday morning.
The fatal wreck that occurred on the Cross Bronx Expressway at around 5:45 a.m. local time involved two tractor-trailers, a pickup truck, and a passenger car. Officials say one of the eastbound tractor-trailers had to abruptly stop for slowed traffic ahead. The pickup truck behind the tractor-trailer also successfully stopped for traffic, but the second semi approaching behind the pickup could not.
According to media sources, the pickup truck was hit by the semi-truck and wedged underneath the truck in front of it. Three men inside the truck died at the scene of the crash. Two other occupants inside the truck sustained serious injuries and were hospitalized. A passenger car was also struck by the semi and thrown into the center divider on the highway.
The driver of the passenger car was also transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries, reports multiple media outlets. The 18-wheeler drivers were uninjured, but two occupants in one of the semi-trucks suffered from non-life-threatening injuries. Officials do not believe alcohol played a role in the fatal crash, but the investigation is ongoing.
The following information regarding truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):