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Bronx Crash Occurred at Freeway's 'Bermuda Triangle'

But Maria Gonzalez was speeding when she clipped median: police
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 30, 2012 4:51 PM CDT
Bronx Crash Occurred at Freeway's 'Bermuda Triangle'
Skid marks and a scraped concrete barrier mark the spot where a van carrying seven occupants plunged off the highway to a wooded area below, Sunday April 29, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Yesterday's horrifying car crash near the Bronx zoo occurred at the Bronx River Parkway's "Bermuda Triangle," where accidents have happened before, a lawyer tells the New York Daily News. In fact, Eric Buckvar sued New York state and city for some of the six people who died in 2006 after hitting the median and barreling into oncoming traffic. And just last June, another car struck the median and went airborne, landing at street level—but both driver and passenger survived.

“We did a lot of discovery of state records, and we found there was a problem," said Buckvar. "Traffic would slow down very quickly, and sometimes cars would lose control." Officials thought about putting in a new lane, the lawyer said, but other plans interfered. Seven people died in yesterday's crash when an SUV hit the median and plunged off the freeway. But police say the driver, Maria Gonzalez, was speeding when she hit the median, doing 68 mph in a 50-mph zone, the AP reports. (More Bronx stories.)

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