4 Dead, at Least 9 Injured After Minivan Crashes Into Long Island Nail Salon

Four people are dead and at least nine others are injured after a minivan crashed into a nail salon in Long Island, N

Published Time: 29.06.2024 - 07:31:13 Modified Time: 29.06.2024 - 07:31:13

Four people are dead and at least nine others are injured after a minivan crashed into a nail salon in Long Island, N.Y. on Friday.

Deer Park Fire Department Assistant Chief Dominic Albanese explained at a press conference that the incident happened shortly before 5 p.m. at the Hawaii Nail & Spa, which is part of a strip mall.

"Upon arrival, we immediately identified this as a mass casualty incident. We transported nine patients to area hospitals, one by aviation," Albanese said. "There were four patients who were deceased upon arrival. We had nine departments total respond and eight ambulance companies, and we had about 150 firefighters and EMS personnel on scene to handle this incident."

The fire chief said that it appeared the minivan driver — who was "partially conscious" when officials arrived on the scene and later transported to the hospital — drove "all the way through the building."

"Almost all of the way to the back of the salon, the vehicle traveled," he later emphasized.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by Suffolk County Police Department major case unit detectives, per the Associated Press. PEOPLE has reached out to the department for com -


Witnesses told WABC-TVthat before the incident, the minivan "raced" through the parking lot, seemingly in an effort to leave the area. It reportedly then went around another car that was stopped at a traffic light and crashed into the salon while trying to turn onto the street.

Albanese said that it appeared that the people who were killed were inside the building at the time of the crash and noted that some individuals had to be "extricated" before also being taken to local hospitals.

"This was very difficult for all the firefighters and EMS personnel on the scene, and we will be meeting with the crisis team this evening for anybody that needs it and for all departments involved," Albanese said.

While the identity of the driver or the victims has yet to be released, Albanese said that the incident is a "horrible" situation.

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"It’s going to be tough for the community, tough for the volunteer fire department,” he said. “But we’re going to get through it."

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