Four women at a bachelorette party in New York wine country were killed Saturday and two others were seriously injured after a limousine was hit by a pickup truck on the eastern end of Long Island, law enforcement officials said.
The limousine was leaving a winery and making a U-turn at a blinking traffic signal to head west when the pickup collided with it, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley told Newsday. The driver of the pickup hit the brakes before the crash but could not stop in time, Flatley said.
He said all four people killed were women. Their names were not immediately released, but police said they were from the New York City area.
A law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the details and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the pickup slammed into the side of the limo. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. along Route 48 in Cutchogue, on the North Fork of Long Island.
Limousines are common in the area for people visiting the numerous wineries there.
Flatley said the driver of the pickup ran from the crash scene, but was caught and arrested and faces a driving while intoxicated charge. His identity was not immediately released and he remained under police guard at a local hospital.
The police chief said Saturday’s crash was “one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.”
The collision marked the second car crash with multiple fatalities on Long Island in the last several days.
Last Sunday, a father and his two children were killed when their sedan was rear-ended and the car burst into flames. His wife — the children’s mother — escaped uninjured.
A Queens man was charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with the crash and another man was charged with driving his friend away from the scene. Both have pleaded not guilty and deny any wrongdoing.