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A mother of two was killed and her children were hospitalized after their scrap metal-laden van struck a truck on the Bronx’s Major Deegan Expressway early Saturday, authorities said.
The white van driven by the 30-year-old mom rear-ended the back of a flatbed truck on the southbound side of the highway near exit 1 just before 7 a.m., police said. She died at the scene.
The van was filled to the brim with discarded radiators, construction debris and other scrap metal, officials said.
Two children seated in the back of the van next to the scrap metal — a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy — suffered serious injuries, possibly from all the metal being thrown forward on impact, sources said.
They and a 28-year-old man in the passenger seat were all rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where both children remain in critical condition. The man suffered a leg injury and is expected to survive.
The woman and her kids are from Middletown, Orange County, sources with knowledge of the case said.
The 42-year-old man driving the tractor-trailer remained at the scene. He, too, was taken to Lincoln Hospital with minor injuries, cops said.
No charges have been filed, authorities said.
It was the second major accident to happen in the city within an hour.
In Queens, seven people were hospitalized — one with critical injuries — following a 6 a.m. crash on the Horace Harding Expressway approaching the Long Island Expressway, police said.