Ten people were hurt in a crash involving multiple vehicles on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, Queens Friday evening, officials said.
A car somehow skidded across the divider, smashing into two other cars as it split in half. Witnesses told NYPD highway detectives the northbound driver was speeding before veering into southbound traffic.
Of the 10 people taken to local hospitals, three were in critical condition, officials said. Five people were in serious but stable condition, and two others had non-life threatening injuries.
It's not clear how the crash happened, but longtime residents like Tommy Minami believe speed was a factor.
"I've lived here all my life," Minami said. "I'm doing 40 through here, they're doing 90, 100 past you. It's crazy."
For thousands who live and work in Broad Channel, the evening accident disrupted the rush hour home. The road was closed for five hours, forcing many to walk across the North Channel Bridge.
"There's no getting down here," said Jim Mangan. "They told everybody to either go home or go through Far Rockaway." He estimated the detour would take two hours.