Bronx Zoo Accident

April 30, 2012 by staff 

Bronx Zoo Accident, The site of Sunday’s Bronx River Parkway accident that killed 7 was listed as one of the state’s most most-accident prone stretches of road last year.

The stretch was listed in the federally mandated “5 Percent” report filed by the state Department of Transportation, giving the top 5 percent of roads with the highest rate of serious accidents. The report noted that the area from the accident scene at the Bronx Zoo, and five miles south to the Cross Bronx Expressway, needed $8 million in repairs to eliminate a hazardous limited stopping sight distance on the southbound side.

Three bridges along the stretch were to be replaced in a project to be started in 2016. Nearby southbound stretches of the Bronx River Parkway also appear on the list, including the area around Gun Hill Road to the north and 174th Street to the south. The current timetable shows it as part of a $236 million project set to start in 2022.

In Sunday’s accident, an out-of-control SUV careered across several lanes of traffic on the Bronx River Parkway, then plunged more than 50 feet into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, killing all seven family members aboard, authorities said.

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