Van Crashes Off Bronx River Parkway: 7 Dead

Social media reports and  NBC New York confirm a horrific accident today on Bronx Zoo property. A van drove off a Bronx River Parkway overpass and crashed close to (or in, proximity in early reports is still vague) the Bronx Zoo. F.D.N.Y. reports indicate all the passengers in the van were killed. Of the seven known fatalities, it’s unclear whether all were in the van or some were walking on the street where it landed. Multiple sources state 3 of the deceased were children.

WABC gives some specific details:

A van traveling southbound on the Bronx River Parkway left the roadway near East 177th Street, fell down a 50-60 foot embankment, overturned, and crashed onto the property of the Bronx Zoo.

As of 2 p.m. southbound lanes are closed on the Bronx River Parkway around Morris Avenue and traffic is being rerouted onto Pelham Parkway.