An NYPD officer is dead and eight others are injured after a police van crashed in the Bronx early Sunday morning.
The vehicle was traveling on Bruckner Boulevard in Hunts Point around 5 a.m. when the crash occurred, according to CBS New York. No other vehicles were involved in the incident, police said.
The injured officers were rushed to several area hospitals.
The New York Times reports:
The officers, assigned to the 47th Precinct in the north Bronx, had been heading south to a special detail in Manhattan related to the start of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, the police said.
Police did not immediately release the identity of the deceased officer or those injured. They have also not yet said what caused the accident.
The New York Daily News tweeted this photo of the accident:
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) September 21, 2014
The NYPD Chief of Department also shared his thoughts:
Our hearts are heavy this morning after a tragic police van accident. We pray for the PO we lost, and for a quick recovery of those injured
— Philip Banks III (@NYPDChiefBanks) September 21, 2014