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  • Police investigate the scene of an accident on a dead-end street where a car containing five passengers plunged into Steinway Creek in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in New York. The New York Police Department says four of five people pulled from a vehicle submerged in a New York City creek have died. The fifth apparently escaped serious injury and is in stable condition.

      Police investigate the scene of an accident on a dead-end street where a car containing five passengers plunged into Steinway Creek in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in New York. The New York Police Department says four of five people pulled from a vehicle submerged in a New York City creek have died. The fifth apparently escaped serious injury and is in stable condition.
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By Associated Press

NEW YORK -- A car headed down a dead-end street in Queens hit a curb and flipped into a creek, killing four passengers, authorities said Saturday.

The driver apparently escaped serious injury and told responding officers Friday night that the four were trapped in the submerged vehicle, the New York City Police Department said in a statement.

The 2009 Honda Accord tumbled into Steinway Creek, off the East River in Astoria, a neighborhood in Queens, around 10:35 p.m. Friday, police said.

Divers from the Fire Department of New York pulled two men and two women from the car, officials said. The women and one of the men were pronounced dead at Elmhurst General Hospital., and the other man was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The 20-year-old driver was taken to Elmhurst, where he was listed in stable condition. Police did not immediately identify him or the four who died.

No other details were immediately available, and police said early Saturday the investigation was continuing.

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