A six-car pileup in Queens has sent nine people to the hospital, according to local sources. New York police are still in the process of determining what caused the car accident that left one person in critical condition and at least six others seriously hurt. So far, no charges have been filed in association with this case, but the investigation is still underway at this time.
The accident is said to have taken place around 6:20 on the evening of Dec. 13. The New York Fire Department, along with several EMS units, responded to the crash and managed to extricate nine people from the six vehicles involved in the accident. All nine were transported to New York Hospital for immediate treatment. Of the nine injured, one was in critical condition, and six more were considered at serious risk.
The other two individuals suffered only minor injuries, according to medical workers on site. For the moment, police have remained silent on the topic of what may have caused the devastating crash. Nothing has been ruled out yet, including inclement weather, reckless driving and even alcohol or drug intoxication. It has been confirmed that police have not filed any official charges against any of the drivers involved.
A car accident of this size and scope will take New York authorities some time to unravel. Once a cause is determined, police may go ahead with filing criminal charges if they feel they are warranted. Regardless, if one or more drivers are considered even partially accountable for the crash, they may be exposed to personal injury lawsuits from the injured parties involved. These suits are not contingent upon criminal conviction or even charges, though they do require some evidence of wrongdoing in order to have the hope of success in civil court.
Source: nydailynews.com, “Six-car pileup in Queens sends 9 to the hospital“, Thomas Tracy, Dec. 14, 2014