From the Daily News:
Two men were in critical condition after a horrific wrong-way crash early Monday on the Long Island Expressway in Queens, police said.
Both vehicles exploded into flames following the 6 a.m. crash, when a silver Mercedes-Benz driven in the wrong direction by a hammered 30-year-old man slammed into an airport shuttle near the Utopia Parkway exit, police said.
The Bronx man had a sky-high blood-alcohol level of 1.9 - more than twice the legal limit, police sources said.
The driver, whose name has not been made public, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and driving with a suspended license.
The Super Shuttle van, with a 64-year-old Long Island man at the wheel, carried no passengers.
Both drivers were pulled from the flaming wreckage and taken to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing with life-threatening injuries.
The crash closed eastbound lanes of the LIE in the area for hours.
From the NY Post:
The holiday-weekend horror unfolded on Corona Avenue in Elmhurst just before 7:30 p.m. when the two friends, 47 and 22, were removing items from their minivan.
"All of a sudden, this blue van came out of nowhere and it looked like he tried to swerve and he hit the two ladies," said Danny Rodriguez, 21. "They flew high in the air, at least seven feet."
The van's driver did not stop right away, Rodriguez said.
"It looked like he tried to park the car 100 feet away, but then he kept driving down Corona."
Several bystanders chased after the van to get him to stop, the witness said.
The 49-year-old driver was expected to be charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault, the sources said.
The two women were rushed to Elmhurst Hospital in extremely critical condition.
A guy was shot in the head and killed in Howard Beach, too.