OLD WESTBURY, Long Island (WABC) --Two people were killed and three others injured when a car driving by an off-duty NYPD officer crashed into a disable vehicle in Old Westbury late Monday.
The accident happened between exits 40 and 39 around 11:15 p.m.
Authorities say a 2004 BMW with four people inside was traveling westbound in the HOV lane became when it became disabled, and at least two of the occupants -- the 20-year-old male driver and an 18-year-old female passenger -- exited the vehicle.
Police say a westbound 2016 GMC Yukon driven by a 33-year-old male then struck the BMW, forcing the two victims standing outside the vehicle over the divider onto the eastbound lanes. A source confirmed to Eyewitness News that the driver of the Yukon was on off-duty NYPD officer.
The driver of the BMW was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the female victim was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center.
The other passengers -- an 18-year-old female and a 19-year-old male -- were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.
The driver of the GMC Yukon suffered minor injuries.
The names of the deceased victims are being withheld pending family notification.
Both vehicles have been impounded for brake and safety tests, and there is no apparent criminality. The investigation is ongoing.
Initially, all lanes between exits 39 and 40 were closed, but lanes have since been reopened.