Updated 06/26/2012 12:28 PM
Wrong Way Driver Awaits Charges In Belt Parkway Crash
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Charges are pending against a driver who police say caused an accident that shut down traffic on part of the Belt Parkway this morning.
Police said the driver of a Honda Accord was pulled over for going 86-miles per hour around 6 a.m. Tuesday.
But when the highway patrol officer approached the car, investigators said it made a U-turn and headed west in the eastbound lanes.
Officials said the driver hit an Access-a-Ride van with seven people inside, which then hit another car carrying two people.
"The driver of the car that was pulled over will be arrested. He has a previous record of a suspended license. This may be why he decided to run," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Kelly said eight people were taken to Lutheran Hospital, including the Honda driver who suffered a broken leg.
The accident forced the closure of all eastbound lanes and two westbound lanes until about 7:30 a.m.