- Associated Press - Sunday, April 29, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — An out-of-control van plunged off a roadway Sunday afternoon near the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people, including three children, authorities said.

Fire Department spokesman Jim Long said the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 30; and three girls, ages 12, 10 and 7. Mr. Long said they were all in the van.

Police say the van was headed south on the Bronx River Parkway when it bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes over to the guardrail and fell more than 50 feet. It’s not clear what caused the van to go out of control.

The southbound side of the highway was closed Sunday afternoon while police investigated.