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Five Nigerians killed in car crash in New York

24 July 2012, 07:39

 New York, July 23, 2012 (NAN) Five Nigerians, including two children, were killed in the early hours of Sunday in a car crash near the Van Wyck expressway in Queens, New York.

The New York Correspondent of the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) learnt that three of the eight persons in the vehicle survived the accident.

The accident occurred when the SUV in which the victims were travelling swerved after speeding through two red lights, slammed into a concrete pillar, rolled over and burst into flames.

The victims were said to be indigenes of Imo, and had attended a two-day annual convention of the Arondizuogu Patriotic Union National Congress of North America.

It was also learnt that some of the passengers were ejected from the vehicle, including a 26-year-old man whom rescue personnel found sitting on a curb.

The driver, a 45-year-old woman whose name has not been made public, resides in the Bronx and was taken to the hospital in a critical condition.

The third survivor, a seven-year-old boy was in a stable condition.

Mr Don Akamnonu told NAN that the Imo community was yet to get the names of the deceased.

Investigators had visited the banquet hall where the event took place, asking about the nature of the Saturday night gathering and the time it ended.


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