New York, NY – Guardrail Height May Be Issue In Deadly Bronx Zoo Crash

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    Tire skid marks cross the highway where a van plunged over both the concrete and iron railing, Sunday, April 29, 2012, in New York. Authorities say the out-of-control van plunged off a roadway near the Bronx Zoo, killing seven people, including three children. (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)New York, NY – A New York City official says the height of the guardrails on a highway overpass in the Bronx will be among the factors examined in the probe of a deadly crash.

    Seven people from three generations of a family — including three children — were killed when the SUV they were traveling in plunged more than 50 feet off the overpass yesterday and into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo.

    It landed in a wooded area on the edge of zoo property that is closed to the public and far from any animal exhibits.

    The accident was the second in the past year in which a car fell from the same stretch of the Bronx River Parkway.

    A neighbor tells the Daily News that the victims were “a good, wholesale family.” She says, “The mother always kept an eye on her children.”

    Relatives say the two grandparents who died had arrived from the Dominican Republic three days earlier. They were headed to a family party when the accident occurred.

    A spokesman for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, says city agencies will be asked to look at safety issues on the highway including guardrail height.

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    4 COMMENTS

    1. i remember when i used to drive up to mt. kisco westchester county, i always paid attention to that sharp curve, especially when i drove on cruise control, only hashem can keep us safe

    2. The guardrail heights meet current standards but maybe the standards need to be reexamined. Anyway, the issue here was probably some combination of speeding and driver negligence but lets wait until the accident report is issued.

    3. I used to drive on the old West Side Highway, which was an elevated highway. It terminated at the Battery. It was torn down in 1973, as it was a very dangerous road. The latter highway had some extremely sharp turns, especially in lower Manhattan. Also, the lanes were very narrow. Hence, common sense dictates that on these old roads, which were built over 85 years ago, drivers should slow down, especially on dangerous curves. The so-called guardrails in many cases are useless. Yes, we must depend on Hashem, but Halacha dictates that we should not do anything to endanger our health. Reckless driving and speeding are included in that category.

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