Yonkers crash: 5 dead in gruesome accident in Westchester County, New York

YONKERS, Westchester County (WABC) – Police in Yonkers now say five people have died in a violent two-car accident that split one of the vehicles in two.

The vehicles crashed into Riverdale Avenue in Culver Street around 9:30 PM on Tuesday.

One of the cars was so badly damaged it split in two.

Surveillance video from a nearby gas station shows the moment of impact in the upper part of the screen.

RAW VIDEO: Surveillance video shows moment of crash

One resident described the gruesome scene.

“I heard a really loud noise. Unusual. Never seen anything worse. So I went to the window because I live nearby and I see a man running and saying, ‘Oh my God, oh my God!’” Said Maria Delgado. “I get dressed and come out and the car is split in two with dead bodies on one side and this side … and the white car opposite the way it came.”

Five people, including four who were in one of the cars, died. Two were pronounced dead on the spot.

Several other people were taken to hospital. The extent of the other injuries was not immediately clear.

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Riverdale Avenue was closed for more than eight hours while police worked to determine exactly what led to the crash.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano was on the scene at night to talk to detectives and investigate the damage.

Neighbors say speeding has been a problem on this wide open avenue.

“I get very nervous because I drive and I live here,” said Maria Delgado. “I pass this street a lot, but I always look out …” The roads are very good, you know, there are the lines and things. There shouldn’t be that many accidents. People drive recklessly. “

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