What to Know
- 27-year-old man was transported to hospital in critical condition, along with 4 others with minor injuries, following wrong-way NYC crash
- The incident happened right in front of P.S. 323, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, around 1 a.m. Thursday
- Police say they are looking for a driver who fled the scene
A 27-year-old man was transported to the hospital in critical condition, along with four others with minor injuries, following a wrong-way wreck in Brooklyn early Thursday — and police say they are looking for a driver who fled the scene.
Police say a Chevrolet Impala was traveling southbound, in the wrong direction, on Chester Street, right in front of P.S. 323, in Brownsville when it crashed into a Nissan Altima traveling westbound on Sutter Avenue around 1 a.m.
"A little before 1 o'clock, I heard the music playing loudly and some speeding coming down the street," resident Priscilla Akomah said.
The driver of the Impala then fled the scene, according to the NYPD, but it wasn't immediately clear how many people were inside.
The impact turned the Impala upside down and left the Altima in flames -- leaving the vehicles mangled and charred, with the victim's car thrown more than 50 feet.
"The sound was so loud you would have thought it was thunder, but it wasn't. It was such a loud impact," Akomah said.
Witnesses described chaos as firefighters worked to rescue people from the heavily damaged sedan.
"All you heard was the harrowing screaming," Akomah said.
None of the injured have been identified and police investigation is ongoing.