A fiery crash left five dead after an allegedly stolen car, an oil truck and two other vehicles collided in Ridge on Wednesday morning, Suffolk County police said.
One person was killed in the stolen car and another in that vehicle was hospitalized following the crash at 11:20 a.m. on Middle Country Road, police said. The driver of the oil truck is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, but all four people in a third vehicle involved in the crash died, police said. The driver of a fourth vehicle caught up in the collision was not injured.
“It appears as though the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro struck a Mazda and a residential oil delivery truck,” Suffolk County Police Chief Stuart Cameron told reporters at the scene. “We’re not certain of the order of the collision…it’s going to take some time to reconstruct.”
Police said the Camaro was stolen from Shirley on Tuesday and police were tracking the car with the help of OnStar before the car fled from the Lake Point apartment complex at a high rate of speed. Cameron said authorities are investigating whether it was a police pursuit, but suggested that he does not believe that to be the case.
He said the Camaro and Mazda were heading eastbound and the truck was westbound. He did not say which direction the fourth vehicle, an Infiniti, was heading.
The names of the victims were not immediately available. The second person in the Camaro and the trucker were both taken to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Seventh Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. Police said Route 25 will be closed in both directions through Wednesday evening as a result.