UPDATED 03/21/15 12:12 a.m.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An off-duty police officer from New Jersey and a second person were killed, and two other officers were injured, as they headed the wrong way down the West Shore Expressway on Staten Island and slammed into a semi-trailer truck early Friday.READ MORE: Stephen Sondheim, Legend Of The Broadway Musical, Dead At 91
Late Friday night, police investigators were inside the gentleman’s club Curves near Tottenville.
As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, that was the very spot where three off-duty Linden, New Jersey cops and their friends spent the early morning hours.
“This is not something a family should have to wake up to in the morning. We don’t want to see that happen to anybody,” Curves general manager Thomas Ford said.
A tractor-trailer was traveling south on the West Shore Expressway near Arthur Kill Road around 4:51 a.m. Friday when it collided with a car that was headed northbound in the southbound lanes.
The vehicle had been headed down Arthur Kill Road when it made a wrong turn despite two prominent ‘Do Not Enter’ signs. CBS2’s cameras saw a van making the same mistake on Friday night.
The tractor-trailer was behind another tractor-trailer that swerved and missed the car, but the second truck didn’t have enough time to swerve away before the crash, NYPD spokeswoman Deputy Chief Kim Royster said.
Surveillance footage from a nearby gas station shows the car going the wrong way.
“I’ve been here a year and a half. This is the sixth time I’ve seen it happen. This is the first with such a bad accident from it,” Ramzi Abdelhaq said.