Two men driving – one allegedly heading the wrong way – were left with serious injuries after they collided head-on. They were driving down the turnpike and one of the drivers was going east instead of West when they crashed. Police are investigating whether or not alcohol was involved now.
Just before 4 a.m., a 30-year-old man was driving a 1999 black Honda Accord and heading west instead of east on the eastbound side of the Turnpike when he hit a 1997 green Ford Taurus head on, which was driven by a 30-year-old man, said a policeman.
Police say the car accident happened on the very far-left eastbound lane. Luckily there were not many other cars on the road at that time of the morning.
One witness in the westbound lane was able to call 911 and both men were taken to a local hospital where medical officials said they sustained “serious injuries.”
Experts said the witness made a statement after the accident, “It was frightening to watch. You could see the man coming from the wrong way and there was just nothing you could do to stop it. I called 911. That’s all I could do.”
Both men were admitted to another hospital and are in serious but stable condition now.
The Police said the man in the wrong lane’s blood alcohol levels are being tested and haven’t been released. Initial tests point to alcohol intoxication but they are screening his blood for everything to be sure. Criminal charges are pending for now until the results come back, explained a spokesman.
Although alcohol related car accidents and fatalities in Brooklyn and Manhattan are steadily going down, experts remain concerned with these types of crashes and particularly are concerned with the more recent texting and driving related accidents.
There have always been distractions for drivers but it is getting harder and harder with all of our technology advancements. Let’s hope our young people truly understand the dangers involved.
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