Four women at a bachelorette party in New York wine country were killed yesterday and two others were seriously injured after a limousine was hit by a pickup truck in eastern Long Island, law enforcement officials said. The limousine was leaving a winery and making a U-turn at a blinking traffic signal when the pickup collided with it, Southold Police Chief Martin Flatley told Newsday. The driver of the pickup hit the brakes but could not stop in time, Flatley said. The women's names were not immediately released, but police said they were from the New York City area. Three women died at the scene, while a fourth died at a local hospital; all were bridesmaids, reports CBS News. The bride was in critical condition.
"They weren't screaming or shouting," a man who stopped to help tells Newsday. "They're sitting in the back and they saw what happened directly in front of them." He said he didn't see anyone in the middle seat, "but I realize now, [that was] because the front end of the pickup truck was embedded into the limo. They had to die instantly. There was no noise." A law enforcement official said the pickup slammed into the side of the limo. The crash occurred around 6pm along Route 48 in Cutchogue, on the North Fork of Long Island. Limousines are common in the area for people visiting the numerous wineries there. Flatley said the driver of the pickup ran from the crash scene, but was caught and arrested and faces a driving while intoxicated charge. His identity was not immediately released and he remained under police guard at a local hospital. The police chief said yesterday's crash was "one of the worst accidents I've ever seen."