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3 Kids Among Dead in SUV Plunge

3 children among fatalities near Bronx Zoo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 29, 2012 1:44 PM CDT
Updated Apr 29, 2012 7:04 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say an out-of-control SUV plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children. Police say the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 39, and three girls, ages 3 to 10. Police say the 45-year-old woman was driving.

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Police say the Honda Pilot bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes, went through the guardrail, fell more than 50 feet (15.24 meters) and landed upside-down. A spokesman says it crashed onto a part of zoo property that's closed to the public and not near exhibits. The cause of the crash is under investigation. (Read more car accident stories.)

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