MANHATTAN — A woman was in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital after driving her car the wrong wrong on the FDR and causing a three-car crash that injured at least three others, officials said.
The 31-year-old woman, whose name was not immediately released, pulled her Kia sedan onto the northbound side of the highway at East 34th Street but started heading south until she slammed head-on into a Chevy Traverse and then a Honda Pilot near East 23rd Street about 4 a.m., an NYPD spokesman said.
The drivers of each vehicle and the Kia's 28-year-old passenger were all taken to Bellevue, officials said.
The Kia driver suffered severe head trauma, police said. Her passenger, a 28-year-old woman, was covered in injuries and was listed as stable, police said.
The 46-year-old man behind the Chevy's wheel complained of pain, as did the 41-year-old man driving the Honda, police said.
The FDNY said they transported another person to Bellevue and a sixth person refused medical attention at the scene, a spokesman said.
The Kia's driver was not immediately arrested, police said.
Investigators were trying to figure out why she was driving the wrong way, police said.
The FDR was briefly closed after the crash but had opened up about four hours later, officials said.