MASPETH, Queens — A crash on the Long Island Expressway early Wednesday morning involving several cars has left three people dead and multiple injured, according to officials.
Police have identified those killed as Michael Fabre, 25, of Oakland Gardens; Giovanny Sanchez, 24, of Brentwood; and Christina Formato, 24, of Franklin Square.
Nine people in all were injured and hospitalized, the Associated Press reports. Two are in critical condition and two others are in serious but stable condition, according to the FDNY.
The driver of an Infinity sedan — who cops believe was traveling at a high rate of speed — apparently lost control of the vehicle, and struck the LIE highway divider and another vehicle shortly after 4 a.m., police said.
Of the Infinity's five occupants, three were pronounced dead on the scene and the other two were transported to local hospitals.
Six more vehicles, including a dump truck and taxi, were also involved in the crash while trying to avoid the first collision.
The crash occurred on the LIE near Borden and Maurice avenues in Queens.
Lanes were temporarily closed, but all reopened by 8:30 a.m.
PIX11's Ashley Soley-Cerro contributed to this report.