Junior’s Lounge Destroyed, 1 Dead in Accident – NBC New York

One particular person has died in a devastating tractor-trailer crash in Poughkeepsie that resulted in the collapse of a beloved restaurant, officers mentioned.

The affect of the crash left Junior’s Lounge off Salt Level Turnpike in items — two sides of the constructing got here down because the drive of the crash collapsed complete sections of the two-story enterprise.

Police mentioned one particular person was killed and two others contained in the restaurant on the time of the crash had been injured. Officers had been nonetheless notifying the following of kin Monday afternoon.

Crews closed down a stretch of the turnpike many of the day as groups dug by the particles scattered throughout the car parking zone. Ft from the bar sat a badly broken SUV that was lastly hauled away on a flatbed a number of hours after the crash.

Traci Micucci has seen many collisions alongside the turnpike in the 26 years that she’s lived in the realm, however by no means one as dangerous as Monday’s.

“There are many blind spots and people speed on this road,” she mentioned.

Investigators late Monday afternoon had been nonetheless trying into what brought on the tractor-trailer to veer off the street, resulting in the restaurant’s destruction.

“Everyone knows Junior’s bar, a lot of people go there. It’s a great place. It’s just very unfortunate,” Micucci mentioned.