Seven people died last night when a tractor-trailer disconnected from its rig and crashed into a minivan in Upstate New York.
KCTV5 reports that the crash occurred around 6 pm on Wednesday night on Route 13 near Truxton in Upstate New York. Seven people died in the crash, including three adults and four young children. According to the Washington Post, all four of the children were under the age of 10.
Capt. Mark Helms of the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department said that the trailer disconnected from the rig while driving down route 10 and crashed into the minivan. Ken Stone, first assistant fire chief of Truxton, said that the minivan tried to avoid the incoming trailer but did not have enough time.
Stone told the Washington Post: “They tried to miss it, but he ran out of time … All of a sudden, a trailer is coming at you and there’s no truck on it. Tore it right apart … It was humbling, especially young kids. It tears you up.”
The crash in upstate New York took the lives of Teresa Bush, 26, and her two daughters Alexis, 4, and Jasmine, 5. Lena Beckwith, 21 and Carino Vanorden, 24 were also killed in the crash. Shawn Mead survived the crash but his two children, Alyssa, 7 and Tyler, 4 died in the crash.
Shawn was taken to the Upstate University Hospital and is reportedly in good condition.
Ann Maxson, 74, a lifelong Truxton resident who knew the deceased, said: “It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen. It’s just a horrible thing. It gives me goosebumps … It’s a close-knit community. Everybody cares for everybody.”