Four women attending a New York bachelorette party in the state’s wine country were killed on Saturday while two others were injured seriously after a limousine was hit on Long Island by a pickup truck, said local law enforcement.
The limousine had been leaving one of the area wineries and was making a U-turn at an intersection with a blinking traffic light when it was struck by the pickup. The driver of the pickup slammed on the brakes prior to the crash but was not able to stop before crashing into the vehicle.
Police said the four people killed were women, but their names had not been released as they were from the area of New York City and authorities were still locating their next of kin.
An official in law enforcement, who was not given authorization to discuss details with the media, spoke on the condition of anonymity and said the pickup had hit the side of the limousine. The crash took place at approximately 6 p.m. in Cutchogue on Route 48.
It is common for limousines to be seen in the area, as there are many people that visit the array of wineries in the area.
Police said the driver of the pickup had run from the scene of the crash, but was apprehended and later arrested. He faces a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Authorities did not release his name and he remained at a nearby hospital under guard.
The chief of police from Cutchogue said the crash on Saturday was one of the worst he had ever seen.
This was the second crash with more than one fatality on Long Island over the past several days. Less than a week ago, a father and two of his children were killed when the sedan they were riding in was rear-ended and burst into flames. The children’s mother and wife escaped uninjured.
In that accident, a man from Queens was charged with operating under the influences and another had been charged with driving the man away from the accident scene. Both men entered pleas of not guilty and deny they did anything wrong.