One person died on Nov. 21 after six cars collided on the Brooklyn Bridge, and three of them burst into flames the day before Thanksgiving, Police and Fire Department reps said.
A 48-year-old driving a 2004 Ford pick-up towards Kings County on the bridge rear-ended a motorist behind the wheel of a 2017 Nissan around 7:15 am, forcing that car to smash into the span’s center median, and beginning a series of collisions that turned fatal, according to officials.
The motorist in the Ford then rear-ended a second vehicle, a 2017 Volkswagen driven by 32-year-old Kristopher Hambas, whose car struck a cement barrier and burst into flames, killing its driver at the scene, according to cops, who said Hambas’s four-wheeler hit the back of a sport-utility vehicle, pushing that car into the back of another SUV, which in turn crashed into yet another vehicle.
Roughly 60 members of New York’s Bravest rushed to the scene following the first collision, and extinguished the inferno an hour later, Fire Department spokesman Michael Parrella said.
Paramedics transported the driver of the Ford pick-up and the motorist behind the wheel of one of the SUVs to Brooklyn Hospital with minor injuries, while five others refused medical attention, according to Parrella and authorities.
Cops are still investigating the cause of the deadly crash and subsequent blaze, and have not yet arrested anyone, according to Police Department spokeswoman Det. Carrie Reilly.