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Published April 29, 2012, 06:09 PM

Van plunges off NY road into zoo grounds; 7 killed

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say an out-of-control van plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children.

By: VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say an out-of-control van plunged off a highway into a ravine on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo in New York City, killing seven people aboard, including three children.

Police say the victims were an 84-year-old man; three women, ages 80, 45 and 39, and three young girls, ages 10, 5, and 3. Police say the 45-year-old woman was driving.

Police say the van bounced off the median, crossed all southbound lanes, went through the guardrail, fell more than 50 feet and landed upside down. A spokesman says it crashed onto a part of zoo property that's closed to the public and not near exhibits.

The southbound side of the highway was closed while police investigated, but it has since reopened.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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