updated - July 24, 2014 Thursday EDT
A car was cut in half in a brutal car crash along a Long Island parkway Monday morning which left four 18-year-old passengers dead and the 17-year-old driver in hospital.
The accident which happened early on Columbus Day, occurred at around 4 a.m., according to the Associated Press. The 17-year-old driver only had a learner's permit. He has been identified as Joseph Beer of Queens, the owner of the vehicle. His four friends have not been publicly identified.
Police said those killed were flung out of the car that was cut in half, after the driver failed to make a curve in the road and crashed into the woods.
Although the car was cut in half, that's not what killed the four 18-year-old passengers. The teens were all ejected from the car when Beer drove the car directly into a wooded area.
The car wrapped around a tree and tossed the four teenage victims out "like rag dolls," the New York Daily News reported. The curve is so sharp and dangerous for drivers that locals have even nick-named it "dead man's curve."
''I've lived here for 10 years and there has been an accident almost in that exact spot every year, but never as one as horrific as this,'' a local told the AP.
"We found a car over here, and it was literally just a tin can at that point," a witness told told ABC News. "The radio was still playing, that was the creepy part about it."
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