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A car plunged off the fifth-floor parking deck of an oceanfront motel Sunday, killing four vacationing nurses from New York City.

The car landed on its roof just yards from a carnival set up on the beach for the weekend.

The car drove through a cinder block retaining wall in the parking deck, police said. Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the accident, which occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m.

The victims, all in their 50s and 60s, were employed by Saint Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan. "They were long-term employees," said Bernadette Kingham, a hospital spokesman. "It's been a devastating loss for the hospital."

George Angelis, who was operating a Ferris wheel at the nearby carnival, said he heard an engine revving and looked up to see the car fall.

"It sounded like somebody might have tried to put the brakes on, but their foot slipped off and hit the accelerator instead," Angelis said. "I looked up and saw the blocks coming down. It was kind of like slow motion as it flipped off of the ramp."

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