Updated 05/02/2012 11:01 PM
New Barriers Erected Near Scene Of Fatal Bronx Parkway Crash
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The state Department of Transportation says new concrete barriers are being installed along the stretch of the Bronx River Parkway where an SUV accident this past weekend killed seven members of the same family.
DOT officials say the barriers are being installed along the viaducts in West Farms crossing the Bronx Zoo, East Tremont Avenue and Amtrak.
The barriers are being be placed on the right-hand side of the north and southbound lanes.
During the installation, the speed limit will be lowered to 35 mph.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz says it's a step in the right direction.
"While this family is still grieving, at least they can know that in the future, there will be less of a likelihood that this will ever happen. So there's temporary repairs here, but we're going to continue to work with the DOT," said Diaz.
The move comes after Sunday's accident near the zoo.
Police say a Honda Pilot traveling southbound struck the center barrier, careened across three lanes of traffic, and launched over a four foot guardrail.
The SUV then plunged nearly 60 feet into a private area of the zoo.
All seven people inside the SUV, including Maria Gonzalez, Maria Nunez, their three children and their parents, were killed.
Meanwhile, Fordham University has set up a relief fund on behalf of the victims' families, as Gonzalez and Nunez were employees in the university's custodial services department.
For more information on the fund for the victims' families, call Fordham's Office of the President at 1-718-817-3000.