Vehicle flips, 7 die near Bronx Zoo
New York (CNN) — Seven people, including three children, died Sunday when a vehicle flipped off a ramp and plunged inside the Bronx Zoo, officials said.
All the victims were inside the vehicle, a New York police spokesman said. The crash occurred near the Bronx River Parkway and East 180th Street.
“The vehicle hit the median and went across all lanes of traffic in the opposite direction,” the spokesman said. The drop from the ramp, he said, was “substantial.”
Police said the van fell into a Metropolitan Transportation Authority transit facility. Zoo spokeswoman Mary Dixon said it landed just inside the southeast perimeter of the 265-acre zoo.
“It’s far from any public area,” Dixon said. “No animals, exhibits or visitors were affected. … It would be impossible for any visitors to see this.”
The New York police department received its first call regarding the crash at 12:29 p.m., police said.
The vehicle was heading southbound on the Bronx River Parkway at the time of the incident, according to the NYPD.
In 2006, six people died in an accident on the Bronx River Parkway near the site of Sunday’s crash.
CNN’s Miguel Susana, Steve Kastenbaum and Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.