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Northern State reopens after fatal crash, State Police say

Three people from Queens were killed early Saturday, May 13, 2017, when their car veered off the Northern State Parkway in East Williston and crashed into a tree, authorities said. A fourth person in the vehicle was seriously injured, State Police said. (Credit: Jim Staubitser)

Three people from Queens were killed early Saturday when their car veered off the Northern State Parkway in East Williston and crashed into a tree, authorities said.

A fourth person in the vehicle was seriously injured, State Police said.

The 2007 Honda Accord was heading east at about 4:45 a.m. when it left the parkway west of Glen Cove Road and crashed near the Wheatley Hills Golf Club property, according to police.

The driver, Raihan Islam, 28, of Jamaica, was taken to Winthrop University Hospital where he later died, troopers said. Passengers Mohamed D. Alam, 61, and Ataur R. Dulal, 34, both of Jamaica, were pronounced dead at the scene.

A third passenger, Al A. Mollah, 36, also of Jamaica, was in critical condition at the hospital Saturday evening, State Police said.

Family members could not be reached for comment.

Bangladesh media identified the victims as natives of that country. A Bengali-language news website, nybangla.com, reported that at the time of the accident the four were on their way to work a morning shift at InvaGen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Hauppauge-based subsidiary of the Indian company Cipla Ltd. Calls to InvaGen were not immediately returned Sunday.

According to nybangla.com reports, Alam is survived by a wife who is a professor at Mirpur College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, two daughters and a son. One daughter is studying in the pharmacy program at Long Island University and the son is studying at a university upstate, according to Bangladeshi reports. The other daughter is a doctor in Bangladesh.

Dulal and his wife moved to Jamaica from Florida one month ago, the nybangla.com website reported. Islam is survived by his wife and 8-year-old daughter, according to the website.

Eastbound lanes of the parkway in the crash area were closed for more than four hours while police investigated. Further details, including what may have caused the crash, were not immediately available.

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the State Police at 631-756-3300.

With Ted Phillips

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