Two dead, three injured in horrific crash near George Washington Bridge

This view of the George Washington Bridge shows emergency lights far up ahead following the crash Wednesday. (SAM COSTANZA FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Two people are dead, including a 5-year-old child, and three more were injured after an SUV and a box truck collided near the George Washington Bridge on Wednesday night, law enforcement sources said.

The horrific crash happened at about 8 p.m., on the eastbound side of the transverse roadway in Manhattan coming from the bridge’s upper level.

The SUV, a GMC Acadia with New Jersey plates, driven by a man in his 30s, was carrying two children, ages 5 and 1, as well as two women, one in her 30s and the other in her 70s, said Port Authority Police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.

The driver slammed into the back of the box truck, which was stopped in traffic, Pentangelo said.

First responders extricated the SUV’s driver, who was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, where he and the 5-year-old died, Pentangelo said.

The other injured passengers were also taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, authorities said.Sources believe the people in the SUV were family members, though their exact relations weren’t clear late Wednesday night.

Police reopened one eastbound lane on the upper level as authorities investigated the smashup.No one was immediately arrested or ticketed.   NYDAILYNEWS

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