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Eighth Storm Victim in Queens Found in Burnt Vehicle on Grand Central Parkway

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Sept. 2, 2021 By Allie Griffin

The eighth victim of Tropical Storm Ida in Queens was found in a scorched vehicle on the Grand Central Parkway Thursday morning.

Police responded to a 911 call of a vehicle collision on the parkway near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway entrance in Astoria at 10:45 a.m.

Arriving officers found an unconscious and unresponsive person inside a burnt car at the location. EMS responded and pronounced the unidentified individual dead at the scene. The person was burned beyond recognition, police said.

Police believe the vehicle was involved in a collision earlier in the night. The NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the incident, which is believed to be related to the storm and intense flooding on the parkway.

Videos of a car on fire near the incident location were posted on the Citizen app shortly after midnight Thursday. It’s unconfirmed if it is the same vehicle at this point.

Vehicle Fire on Grand Central Parkway @CitizenApp

Grand Central Pkwy & 43rd St 12:11:06 AM EDT

Videos posted to Twitter Thursday show leftover cars abandoned on the parkway due to flooding.

The deceased is the eighth storm victim in Queens. Seven other victims, including a two-year-old boy, died when their basement-level homes were flooded.

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