Dec. 5, 2019 By Allie Griffin
A person is dead after a car erupted into flames following a crash in Long Island City this morning, according to the FDNY and the NYPD.
The FDNY received a call at around 10:15 a.m. that a car had crashed near Skillman Avenue and Queens Boulevard and caught fire.
Arriving police officers found an unconscious and unresponsive man inside a 2002 Mercedes Benz, according to the NYPD.
EMS responded and pronounced the man dead at the scene, police said. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time.
A preliminary investigation found that the Mercedes Benz crashed into the back of a 2016 Hino flatbed truck that was stopped at a red light, heading eastbound on Queens Boulevard. The car collided with the flatbed and caught fire, police said.
In video footage from a highrise building posted to the Citizen app, smoke can be seen billowing from the street below.
The 53-year-old truck driver remained at the scene, cops said. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.