Accident Happened Near Junction With Belt Parkway

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A pileup involving at least 30 vehicles snagged the Gowanus Expressway in southern Brooklyn Tuesday evening, leaving at least eight people with minor injuries, authorities said.

As CBS 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported Tuesday night, icy roads may be the cause of the multi-car pileup that sent at least five people to area hospitals. As of 11 p.m., police were directing westbound drivers as they exited the expressway to avoid the area of the accident, which remained backed up.

The accident on the Gowanus Expressway near Sixth Avenue in Bay Ridge happened at about 8 p.m., fire officials said.

Five people were taken to Lutheran Medical Center with minor injuries, officials said. All of the injuries were considered non-life threatening.

The pileup happened in the one lane of the Gowanus Extension that is currently under construction, so the cars essentially had nowhere to go, sending them cars crashing into one another.

Immediately following the crash, the ramp from the Belt Parkway to the Gowanus Expressway was closed, and the westbound ramp toward the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and Staten Island was blocked with emergency vehicles.

As of 11 p.m., the scene was still blocking one eastbound lane of the Gowanus near 55th street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

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