TRUXTON, NY –Seven people including four young children and three adults in their 20s were killed last week when their minivan was struck by a runaway trailer loaded with crushed cars.
Authorities investigating the horrific crash in the rural upstate New York community told the Associated Press the trailer separated from the rig that was hauling it while traveling on a stretch of Route 13 about 25 miles north of Syracuse. The minivan was ripped apart by the collision, which occurred around 6 p.m. May 29. Both vehicles came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway.
A Cortland County coroner told the AP that the seven victims were from two local families, one from the town of Truxton and the other from another nearby area. The four children killed in the crash were all younger than 10 years old, the AP reported.
Rescuers removed an eighth passenger, an adult male, from the minivan and transported him to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse for treatment. His condition wasn’t immediately released.
Two people from the truck that was hauling the trailer were uninjured.
Ken Stone, first assistant fire chief of Truxton, told the AP that the driver of the minivan saw the trailer coming at the vehicle and tried to avoid it by veering off the road.
“They tried to miss it, but he ran out of time,” Mr. Stone told the AP. “All of a sudden, a trailer is coming at you and there’s no truck on it.
“Tore it right apart,” he added. “It was humbling, especially young kids. It tears you up.”