The driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro was traveling south on the parkway shortly after midnight when he lost control of his vehicle. The car struck the cement center median before crossing the traffic lanes and smashing into a tree, CBS New York reported.
The driver, a 22-year-old male, and his passenger, a 31-year-old man, were both killed, police said. The impact of the accident was so violent that it split the car in half, according to 7Online.com.
The two men were reportedly heading home to Roosevelt from a Garden City bowling alley. State police said the younger male was driving when he lost control of the vehicle.
An investigation has been opened up to see if speed was a factor.
An officer who responded to the accident soon found himself in harms way.
A New York State Police car was struck by another passing vehicle as a trooper blocked lanes to divert traffic from the accident. The trooper was taken away on a stretcher, and is reportedly recovering from minor injuries, CBS New York reported.
The driver who hit the police cruiser was dazed but otherwise unharmed.
Long Island has had its share of deadly car accidents over the last few weeks. One of the most tragic accidents took place in late August when five family members from Brooklyn were killed in a fiery car crash.
A woman, her three children and their grandmother were on their way home from a family gathering when their car skidded off a Long Island highway, crashed into a tree and burst into flames, The Associated Press reported.
The driver, identified as a 37-year-old woman, was traveling on the Southern State Parkway toward Brooklyn just before 11 p.m. on August 23 when her Honda Accord veered off the westbound lanes near Exit 38 in Babylon and crashed into the tree, state police told The Associated Press.
All five family members in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. The children were age 14, 9 and 8, while the grandmother was 68. Police were investigating whether speed played a factor.