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Two people were tragically killed and two others were injured in a serious pileup on Long Island, according to local police. The car accident reportedly involved five vehicles and shut down Long Island Parkway for several hours while New York police investigated. Their investigation is still ongoing as of this report. 

According to the initial reports, police say two individuals may have been involved in a crash in the southbound lanes around 11 p.m. on June 14. It appears they may have jumped the parkway barrier and entered the northbound lanes to seek help. It appears their presence in the lane may have caused the second accident that reportedly injured two people. 

The report does not make it explicit, but it appears the two individuals who died were the ones who left their vehicle and entered the roadway. Eyewitnesses on the scene reported seeing the back of a sedan badly damaged along with the fronts of two SUVs. No further information has been made available at this time, and the status of the injured parties is currently unknown. 

New York authorities often remind civilians not to exit their vehicles in the event of a highway car accident for fear of being hit by other vehicles on the road. This tragic case proves their advice to be important. However, despite the tragedy of the situation, the presence of pedestrians on the highway may have led to further injuries. Given this is the case, it may be possible for those parties to file personal injury suits against the estates of the deceased. 

Source: NBC New York, “2 Killed, 2 Injured in Multi-Car Crash on Long Island: Police“, June 15, 2016