ROCHESTER, NY The FBI and Rochester police are investigating a fiery deadly SUV accident early Monday, including why one vehicle was carrying at least 12 gasoline cans.
Authorities said the 1 a.m. accident outside the Kodak Center killed two and injured five, starting a fire that took firemen over an hour to put out.
A Ford Expedition SUV hit a Mitsubishi Outlander, which then hit people at a crossing and two other cars, according to investigators.
Rochester Police Capt. Ryan Tauriello said two adult Outlander passengers died at the scene. Police said the Expedition's driver, who was unidentified, was rushed to Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
"We are continuing to work with our federal partners, including the FBI, to learn exactly what led to this crash," Rochester Police Chief David Smith said Monday.
"This research raises numerous questions. We appeal for patience while we investigate those questions and what caused this tragedy."
Rochester police reported the accident on West Ridge Road near the Kodak Center after Moe's concert concluded. The Outlander driver was brought to Rochester General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Tauriello said three people were struck, one of whom was in serious condition at Strong Memorial Monday morning. The other two were not severely injured.
Smith claimed first responders found 12 gasoline canisters surrounding the SUV. RPD's Bomb Squad and Arson Task Force, which comprises firemen and police, and the FBI investigated.
Rochester Mayor Malik Evans stated, "We want to try to be as transparent as possible," promoting information-sharing. "No information is too tiny. Call the Rochester Police Department and report what you know."