A police officer examines the wreckage left behind (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

A police officer examines the wreckage left behind when a car veered off the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick this morning. Two people were killed and three more suffered critical injuries in the crash.

Deadly Southern State Pkwy. crash

Two people were killed and three others were injured early this morning when a car veered off the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick.

A police officer examines the wreckage left behind
(Credit: News 12 Long Island)

A police officer examines the wreckage left behind when a car veered off the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick this morning. Two people were killed and three more suffered critical injuries in the crash.

The accident happened on the westbound side of
(Credit: News 12 Long Island)

The accident happened on the westbound side of the parkway near exit 23.

Westbound lanes on the Southern State Parkway were
(Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Westbound lanes on the Southern State Parkway were closed for hours this morning as police investigated a deadly crash. Two people were killed and three others were critically injured when a car veered off the parkway.

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The mangled remains of a car are caught
(Credit: News 12 Long Island)

The mangled remains of a car are caught in a tree off of the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick. Two people were killed and three more were critically injured when a car veered off the parkway this morning.

The mangled remains of a car are caught
(Credit: News 12 Long Island)

The mangled remains of a car are caught in a tree off of the Southern State Parkway in North Merrick. Two people were killed and three more were critically injured when a car veered off the parkway this morning.