3 Kids Among Dead in SUV Plunge

3 children among fatalities near Bronx Zoo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2012 1:44 PM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2012 7:04 PM CDT
7 Dead in Bronx Van Plunge
Police investigate the destroyed van that plunged over the Bronx River Parkway, Sunday April 29, 2012, in New York.   (AP Photo/ Louis Lanzano)

Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children. Police say the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 39, and three girls, ages 3 to 10. Police say the 45-year-old woman was driving.

Police say the Honda Pilot bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes, went through the guardrail, fell more than 50 feet (15.24 meters) and landed upside-down. A spokesman says it crashed onto a part of zoo property that's closed to the public and not near exhibits. The cause of the crash is under investigation. (Read more car accident stories.)

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