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Car slams into truck on Grand Central Parkway, killing two

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ASTORIA, Queens – An investigation is underway Friday into what caused a sedan to slam into the back of a box truck on the Grand Central Parkway in a middle-of-the-night crash that killed two passengers inside the smaller car.

yundai Sonata with a stroller in the trunk crashes into the rear of a box truck on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway. (Photo: PIX11/Myles MIller)

Hyundai Elantra with a stroller in the trunk crashes into the rear of a box truck on the eastbound Grand Central Parkway. (Photo: PIX11/Myles MIller)

Officers responded to the scene about 2:40 a.m. Friday near Grand Central Parkway and 31st Street, according to NYPD.

When they arrived, the officers found two unconscious and unresponsive males inside a 2014 Black Hyundai Elantra. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims were identified as 32-year-old Eran Felices of Queens, who was driving, and his passenger, 36-year-old David Garcia, of East Harlem.

Police said the sedan was traveling east on the parkway when it collided into the back of a white box truck parked on the right shoulder of the Grand Central Parkway near the 31st Street overpass.

The cause of the deadly collision is still under investigation, but a preliminary probe suggests speed may have been a factor. Investigators are looking into whether the box truck driver may have been trying to back off the parkway, which has a truck restriction.

The driver of the box truck -- identified as a man in his 30s -- remained at the scene. He passed a field sobriety test and determined to have a clean license, officials said. He was taken to a hospital with shoulder pain.

All lanes on the Grand Central Parkway eastbound were blocked for hours. The wreckage was cleared and the roadway reopened by 8:30 a.m.